Manual Sliding Door Issues on Honda Odyssey

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 107,652 (21,350–189,000)
12 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012
56 people reported this problem
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My 2005 Honda odyssey driver sliding door will not close. It won't lock and the indicator shows the door is still open.
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.
Silicon on the door frame molding. Honda could replace with updated molding and what will also fix the problem, but cost $$.
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.