Key Won't Turn in Lock - Drive Accord Honda Forums | radio-pro.ru
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 4 Old 06-19-2014, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
1st Gear

Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Key Won't Turn in Lock

The key stopped working in the door lock of my 2005 Accord Hybrid. The remote quit working a couple of years ago so I've been manually unlocking the door. It was difficult to turn for awhile and now it won't turn at all. I cannot lock the car at all because of this. (BTW, the key works in ignition, trunk, glove box, with no problems, so I don't believe the key is the problem.)

I've tried lubricant and that did not help. Based on others' posts, it appears that I need to replace tumblers (to get the manual lock to work) and the actuator to get the remote to work. A few questions about this.....

Is this something most mechanics can do? I called a dealer and they estimate it will cost $800-$1100 which seems very high to me (& they are about 120 miles away). Also, they told me that they will need all keys to the vehicle in order to 're-program' the actuator. I'm traveling currently and don't have the spare keys with me, so don't want to deal with it if that is true.

Also, would it be best to replace both at the same time? (Are the parts near enough to one another that it would be more cost effective to do all at once?)

If I replace just the tumblers (assuming that is the problem), will I be able to use my existing key to manually unlock? Or will I need to use a separate key?

My last question: would I be better off going to a locksmith vs. a reputable mechanic? I'm in a small town and there's a local guy who is generally willing to try to fix anything but I'm wondering if it would be better to go to a locksmith.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can share!

alphabet is offline
Advertisement

post #2 of 4 Old 06-19-2014, 04:44 PM
Super Moderator

Aviography's Avatar

Join Date: Jul 2007
location: Canada
Posts: 10,024
Thanks: 59
Thanked 271 Times in 205 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by alphabet View Post
The key stopped working in the door lock of my 2005 Accord Hybrid. The remote quit working a couple of years ago so I've been manually unlocking the door. It was difficult to turn for awhile and now it won't turn at all. I cannot lock the car at all because of this. (BTW, the key works in ignition, trunk, glove box, with no problems, so I don't believe the key is the problem.)

I've tried lubricant and that did not help. Based on others' posts, it appears that I need to replace tumblers (to get the manual lock to work) and the actuator to get the remote to work. A few questions about this.....

Is this something most mechanics can do? I called a dealer and they estimate it will cost $800-$1100 which seems very high to me (& they are about 120 miles away). Also, they told me that they will need all keys to the vehicle in order to 're-program' the actuator. I'm traveling currently and don't have the spare keys with me, so don't want to deal with it if that is true.

Also, would it be best to replace both at the same time? (Are the parts near enough to one another that it would be more cost effective to do all at once?)

If I replace just the tumblers (assuming that is the problem), will I be able to use my existing key to manually unlock? Or will I need to use a separate key?

My last question: would I be better off going to a locksmith vs. a reputable mechanic? I'm in a small town and there's a local guy who is generally willing to try to fix anything but I'm wondering if it would be better to go to a locksmith.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can share!
Reprogram the actuator?! That's B.S.!!

Some of the local auto parts stores may be able to program a key for you, I know the Parts Source stores and some of the Canadian Tire stores can now provide this service at a reasonable price. I can't offer any insights with U.S. stores of similar nature, but it's got to be out there if we have it "up north"!

You may need to replace the actuator if the original one is in fact dead beyond cleaning, lubing, or repair, but it can be replaced by a competent DIY.


2005 Satin Silver V6 Coupe 6 speed
TL shift knob, Hidden Hitch, Venture Shield clear protetive film,
GM Friction Modified Synchromesh transmission fluid,
2007 Acura TL-S front/rear sway bars,
Clutch slave cylinder restrictor valve delete.

Acura TL 5-spoke rims 245/45-17 Bridgestone Pole Position RE970
Honda steel rims 225/55-16 Michelin Primacy Alpin PA3


__________________
DA Moderator Team


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Aviography is offline
post #3 of 4 Old 06-21-2014, 08:52 AM
1st Gear

Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Re:

Quote:
Originally Posted by alphabet View Post
I've tried lubricant and that did not help. Based on others' posts, it appears that I need to replace tumblers (to get the manual lock to work) and the actuator to get the remote to work. A few questions about this.....
Yea, it sounds like the tumblers have worn over time. Question.. does the button on the door lock and unlock the doors normally or does the driver's door lock seem to struggle? Also, if you work the lock manually (with the stem on the top of the door) what happens? Does it move easily or does it seem stuck? If the lock is struggling or seems stuck, it's definitely the actuator, a $30 part. It went out in my '05 accord a while back and it's not a super difficult repair.
Quote:
Originally Posted by alphabet View Post
Is this something most mechanics can do? I called a dealer and they estimate it will cost $800-$1100 which seems very high to me (& they are about 120 miles away). Also, they told me that they will need all keys to the vehicle in order to 're-program' the actuator.
It's not a very involved repair for the actuator.. anyone with a screwdriver and patience could hack it so any mechanic should be willing. The lock tumblers being replaced is a locksmith specialty. Call your local locksmith and they'll shoot you straight on the details. The dealership will want to take your keys since some keys may possibly operate other vehicles but they can't force you to give them up if you decide to go that route. They will likely justify the price by having new keys laser cut and coded to match the immobilizer built in to your car and also replacing all the locks, inside and out, so the same key works for the remote and manual operations. If you can deal with a second key for the manual lock, the locksmith route would save you a lot of time and money.
Quote:
Originally Posted by alphabet View Post
(Are the parts near enough to one another that it would be more cost effective to do all at once?)
Yes, the actuator is located near the bottom of the inside of the door right behind the door latch. The tumblers are, of course, inside the keyhole. The parts are cheap enough and the labor is routine enough that it wouldn't set you back a whole lot to just get it all functional while you're at it.
Quote:
Originally Posted by alphabet View Post
If I replace just the tumblers (assuming that is the problem), will I be able to use my existing key to manually unlock? Or will I need to use a separate key?
Call a locksmith for details and a quote. They'll be fair, generally.
DustyR is offline

post #4 of 4 Old 07-22-2014, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
1st Gear

Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 4
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Unhappy update on lock issues

I have called locksmiths in a 90 mile radius and none are able to repair the lock. They say they cannot work on models with the type of keys that I have. I found one that was willing to try if I could get replacement tumblers from Honda. So I went to the nearest Honda dealer and they told me they come in sets of 3 and that I "couldn't afford to buy a set of three". (I don't know how they know what I can or cannot afford.) Then they brought out a service guy who offered me a 'deal' to replace them for around $250--maybe more--depending on the problem. They also told me that the Civic has the same problem and Honda recalled the 2002-2005 Civics & Elements (I think that was the other model) to replace them.
I think my next step will be to contact the Better Business Bureau. I'm fed up with Honda at this point and don't want to have it fixed there on general principle.
alphabet is offline
Advertisement

Reply

Tags
key, lock, lock actuator

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Drive Accord Honda Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
The answer to the random question may be found under the Off Topic section of the forums and in the "Drive Accord Forums" category.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:



Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to


Related pages


acura tsx cabin air filter replacementtein instruction manualbride shift bootacura rsx oem wheelscv1 vossenbest aftermarket projector headlightshonda civic lambo doorswagner thermoquiet brake padsp0705honda civic shift solenoidls300w dash camfreezer plugshonda ballade 1983how to remove negative battery terminalused vossen cv3 for saleaverage car salesman commisionsmartcord live direct wireevent data recorder removal2009 acura tl bolt patterncode for honda accord radio 200204 civic overheatinghow to remove old tree sap from car2008 saturn vue common problems2003 maxima 6 speedwindshield visor tintovercharged car acjdm tsx headlightshonda civic door handles1997 honda accord v62003 toyota corolla starter fusehow much does a blower motor costhonda 0-60 timesvsa in honda accord1997 civic tire sizeaverage cost of brakes and rotors replacementcna extended warranty reviewshonda accord kitshonda crv radio unlock codewhat cars fit 5x100 bolt patternrv6 v3 jpipemorimoto ledllumar atr 30cost to reupholster a car seatwhy is my ac not blowing coldvossen vvscv22005 honda accord coupe customcamshaft damagehonda accord 99 mpgcrack head gaskethonda accord two door 2008linea corse dyna wheelshonda accord 1999 radio coderadio code honda odyssey 2007plasti dip in winter2005 acura tl common problemshonda element headlight assembly2007 acura tl type s 0-60negotiating a lease buyoutfumoto f 106n engine oil drain valveradio code for 2004 honda accord ex2003 honda element check engine lighto2 sensor circuit no activity detectedhonda accord 2004 aux input98 accord lxcode for honda civic radio 2009limp mode no codes2003 accord airbag lightaverage cost for brake repairhow to use lucas upper cylinder lubricantzurich warranty coveragehonda odyssey 0-60psi honda civic tiresduplicolor trunk paintautoecms.comsheehy honda alexandria serviceradio code for 2008 honda accord