Manual Sliding Door Issues on Honda Odyssey

Manual sliding doors will stick or not open easily due to the door seal sealing too well. Sometimes this can cause the door handle to break when trying to open the door. Replacing the door seal with an updated seal from Honda will repair this issue.

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Average mileage: 104,639 (21,350–165,000)
12 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
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2001 Honda Odyssey 135,000 mi,
Manual sliding doors are insanely hard to open. My kids have to press their feet from the inside to get seal to release. Almost impossible to open from the outside many days. Very serious safety issue. Honda should resolve this as it is very common.
2002 Honda Odyssey 82,000 mi,
Manual Sliding door won't open.
2000 Honda Odyssey 165,000 mi,
Both my manual sliding doors get stuck, that is , dont open when doors are unlocked. And when you centrally lock them, they don't lock, unless you manually lock them. On more than two times, one of the doors have swung open when I was driving with my kids.
We bought this van with 125,000 miles on it a year and half ago, and the doors have been a constant issue. I live in the Buffalo, NY area and with that comes cold weather. When it gets real cold here, the doors freeze. Also, sometimes the doors will not close all the way when you pull on the handle and let the motors work. Lastly, the wheels on the tracks will wear out after awhile and will need to be replaced. The doors will begin to get cut up the body and cause scratches. If you do your research on the internet, you will find a way to get rollers and clips from a hardware store for a few cents a piece and fix the problem yourself avoiding expensive repairs. My brother-in-law and I both own "Odyies" and we did this repair.
Occasionally the seal sticks, this did lead to a broken outside handle on the slider.
2007 Honda Odyssey 117,000 mi,
The Driver sliding door is stuck. It won't open. I had to take the door apart to get it open to replace the bottom door seal. In the mean time, the lock on the inside I believe is broken and the actuator will only work part of the time. I don't know how to fix it.
Both manuel sliding doors on Honda van get stuck or suctioned after it has rained or cold weather and cannot get them open for a few days.
2006 Honda Odyssey 160,000 mi,
I can not get both of the manual sliding door to open. It started with the passenger side, and yesterday the driver side won't open anymore. I didn't fix it yet; I'm trying to find out how much that will cost
My kids would have to be inside the van and give a shoulder shove to "unstick" the door. I have broken 2 door handles on the manual sliding doors due to the "sticking issue". The replacement handle run 100.00 a piece. Not good.
2000 Honda Odyssey 150,000 mi,
manual sliding doors getting stuck all the time just cuz me a door handle...
1999 Honda Odyssey 56,000 mi,
Manually Sliding doors hard to open
Rear (manual) sliding doors stick
Manual sliding doors on my 2012 Odyssey LX won't open. I have to open the driver or passenger door and yank the sliding doors open by grabbing the side of the door and pulling. I'm waiting to find a fix.
This has been a problem with the van from day one. I've tried silicone on the door seals, cleaning the track, etc. to no avail. I've broken a door handle trying to open it. Don't pay $100 for a new handle, they are <$20 on ebay.
2002 Honda Odyssey 50,000 mi,
As described by the masses.
2001 Honda Odyssey 90,000 mi,
Silicon on the door frame molding. Honda could replace with updated molding and what will also fix the problem, but cost $$.
Passenger manual sliding door wont open and drivers side very difficult to open
Not fixed and both sliding manual doors do not open or close
2000 Honda Odyssey 57,000 mi,
We've had this problem the life of the car, currently 162,000+. Our manual doors are pretty much the same as everyone else, but more intermittent. Especially if the door hasn't been used in a while (week+), and more frequently in cold weather, it will stick really bad. Always either having to push from the inside, or pull on the door's frame to get it open. We've tried having grease put on the seal, but that just made it more sticky and not resolve the issue. We tried cleaning out the existing grease on the slide, thinking maybe it was mechanical. Never really thought it was the seal itself. Gonna try looking into getting that replaced, see if it helps.
2005 Honda Odyssey 140,000 mi,
Same problem