Door Lock May be Not Turn Due to Worn Tumblers on Honda Element

Worn door lock tumblers can cause the lock not to work. Removing the lock assembly and replacing the tumblers is needed to fix this problem.

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Average mileage: 112,317 (11,718–226,700)
6 model years affected: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, more2007, 2008
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2003 Honda Element 105,100 mi,
Key in driver side will not turn. It gets stuck and will not unlock. I have to insert, remove and re-insert many times in hopes that it will open. There are many times it just won't...and I will have to enter from the passenger side. Please recall.
2003 Honda Element 90,000 mi,
I've been locking and unlocking the car through the passenegr's side door. Now that lock is developing hte same problem.
Drivers side tumblers failed in door lock 2004 Element After reading same frequent issues this should be a recall
2004 Honda Element 83,000 mi,
Driver side tumbler broken. I fixed it by myself about 2 hours. This issue should be a recall.
2003 Honda Element 115,000 mi,
my key gets stuck. goes in halfway and then nothing. i have been having to enter through passenger side. RECALL PLEASE!!!!
~90000. Driver side door lock was getting difficult to insert key in. Now I can get it in, but won't turn. I tried oiling it and letting it sit for 24 hours but that did not work. Likely a tumbler problem. I could by the individual lock from HOnda for $55, but it would have a separate key and I would have to install it myself. They won't sell tumblers separately. If I had them install it without matching the other locks, it would be ~$275. If I had them install it to match the key for the other locks, it would be around $350-75. Kind of a rip off. I went to a local mechanic and said the job would probably take ~ 2hours for him to work on and he would not be able to match the key like the dealer does. This really should have been a recall.
2004 Honda Element 92,500 mi,
Drivers side door will accept key but it is hard to insert and key can't be turned. I have to crawl through passenger door in order to unlock drivers door. I have to lock drivers side door from passenger seat in order to lock all vehicle doors.
2003 Honda Element 150,000 mi,
No solution yet. I have to enter from the passenger's side.
can not unlock the driver side door with the key
2007 Honda Element 85,000 mi,
Tumblers on driver side door and the tail gait are worn. Also today i could get my keys into my ignition but it would not turn, hoping it isn't the tumblers in the ignition as that could be upwards of $800 to fix
2004 Honda Element 100,000 mi,
You put the key in the drivers side door to unlock it and it won't turn. So several attempts are made to unlock until it will finally work but it's getting worse.
2006 Honda Element 40,000 mi,
Purchased the Honda Element new. Driver's door key will not turn the lock at about 40,000 miles or before. Now at 95,000 the passenger door is starting to have this same problem. Never had this problem on any car that I have drove before and had owned for this length of time or greater. This is a Honda issue and should have been recalled. I first thought it was just a "fluke" with my car's driver side door lock, now with the second door and the number of people with the same problem (not including the one's that have not reported or had paid for the repair). Big no no for Honda.
2003 Honda Element 83,535 mi,
Key would not turn in drivers door, had taken door panel off to get tumbler out. Bought new tumbler. Then took to locksmith to cut tumbler to current key.
2004 Honda Element 140,000 mi,
Drivers side door lock won't work with key. Has been getting progressively worse over last several months.
Key in driver side will not turn. It gets stuck and will not unlock. I have to insert, remove and re-insert many times in hopes that it will open. There are many times it just won't...and I will have to enter from the passenger side. Please recall.
2003 Honda Element 165,000 mi,
Neither one of my doors open! I mentioned this when I was getting my airbags replaced at the dealership and I was advised that this was normal wear and tear! And I would have to repair, I have had a lot of break-ins in my neighborhood and now I have to fix and no longer leave the one door open!!
2003 Honda Element 165,000 mi,
Door lock stick and will not open unless I put the key in and out of it multiple times and eventually force it. My '03 Accord only has a drivers since lock too.
Honda 2003 Element drivers side lock too sticky to insert key fully and will not lock door.
Driver side door has been hard to open with both original keys for about a month. Used graphite in keyhole as suggested by dealer. Worked ok for a few weeks then started having problems again.Today both keys won't even go into lock more than 1/4 inch on drivers side. I have never had a car that this has happen to before. This should be a recall.
2006 Honda Element 134,921 mi,
driver side door lock does not work