Driver's Door May not Open on Honda Accord

The driver's door latch assembly can break internally, which causes the door to stay closed. The interior and exterior door handles do not work to open the door. Our technicians note that the door panel must be removed while the door is closed (likely damage will occur) and the latch assembly must be drilled in a specific spot for the door to open.

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Average mileage: 170,445 (15,300–338,000)
15 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2011
90 people reported this problem
47 people shared problem details
Tried going to work and my door was jammed shut, had to crawl through the passenger side... Why is my accord having so much trouble?
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2003 Honda Accord130,000
passenger side door will not open from inside or out..
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The driver's door latch assembly can break internally, which causes the door to stay closed. The interior and exterior door handles do not work to open thedp
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1998 Honda Accord199,000
Driver side door latch assembly broke internally cannot open door.
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1998 Honda Accord202,745
I Have a 1998 honda accord lx v6 and it runs fine but im constantly climbing over my center console to enter and exit my vehicle and I am over 6' ft tall! I cant deal with this anymore! I have not been able to go where i want because I am HIGHLY embarassed about climbing out on the passenger side and I cannot find anything or anyone online that can show an actually decent video of give simple instructions to fix this problem! HOW DO I FIX THIS ISSUE???? I thought Honda's were reliable and USER/ DRIVER FRIENDLY??? Im starting to seriously doubt that reputation........
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2000 Honda Accord124,000
I cannot open the driver's side door from either inside or outside latches. I have taken a look at my latch and found that it is indeed broken internally.
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Door lock assembly/actuator does not work. Dorr will not open from inside or outside. Need instructions on drilling to free cam that holds door shut.
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2011 Honda Accord68,000
door will not open not fixed yet
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1991 Honda Accord160,000
Cannot open driver side door from interior or exterior. Cannot get to the assembly because door pannel screws are inaccessible when door is closed
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1991 Honda Accord176,520
cant open door from the inside or outside
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door jam shut, unable to open driver side door.
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2003 Honda Accord142,702
My driver side latch from the inside wont open the door so we have to roll thw window down to ipen the door but sometimes the window button wont work and window wont go down.
1999 Honda Accord195,000
*not fixed drivers door handles do not work
1999 Honda Accord210,000
Find a youtube that shows how to open it without cutting anything. We did and it worked.
99 Honda accord ex 2 dr drivers side door will not open from inside or outside. locks work fine all 3 ways. handles pull out from front and back but the door will just not budge.
Driver door will not open....lock goes up and down but will not unlock....since door won't open, can't take panel off to repair....called a locksmith who stated he could not help....what to do? Car is in great shape, but don't want to spend $1500 to get repaired
I was ready to go work but key didn't go all the way in,so I couldn't do nothing about it, then I used to open the car from the passenger door for about one year until it happened to this door again, so,now I'm facing this problem, two locked doors and I don't know how to open them.
2005 Honda Accord185,000
It's just borked. No fix, yet -- looking for ideas
2001 Honda Accord236,972
It was opening alday but it just wouldn't open
2000 Honda Accord287,000
Driver side door latch stopped working. Door will not open using the inside or outside door handle. There is a fix available without drilling into the car for sedans. It requires that your remove the plastic cover to the divider between the front and rear seats to have limited access to the front door panel. The door panel will need to be wedge open and a coat hanger modified to release the door latch. It is recommended that you practice on the replacement part before attempting. My problem now is finding a new door latch.
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