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    Door Locks are Failing - 2003 CR-V

    I've got a 2003 CR-V, LX. About 2 years ago, the drivers side door lock stopped working. At first, I was able to use some WD-40 and it worked periodically. At some point, it just stopped working. The key would only go 3/4's of the way in. I went to the dealer and they quoted me $500 to replace the lock.

    Being the cheap person that I am, I just started using the passenger side lock. Now this lock is showing signs of failing. Sometime the key slides right in and it works fine but more and more, I am having to jiggle the key back and forth in order to get all the way in.

    I've never had a car that had the locks fail like this. I've run Hondas up to 240K miles with issues like this. My CR-V only has 145K miles and I really wouldn't expect this to be happening.

    Does anyone have any suggestions? Also wondering if this is a common problem with CR-Vs? My brother is driving a 2004 with a lot less mileage and he recently had to replace his driver side door lock as well.

    Regards,

    John

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    wd40 or any light spray oil will wash the grease out of the lock and make it worse in the long term
    try coating your key in grease (reapply several times to try and work the grease into the lock mechanisum)

    all it is is the pins in the barrel siezing up (work away at it slowly with wd40 but then when it is free try and get some grease in there)

    failing that get/use a remote fob or replace locks (from a scrapyard if poss) and have a different key for doors /ignition
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    Applies To: See VEHICLES AFFECTED
    Door Lock Cylinder Binds
    (Supersedes 03-068, dated April 20, 2004)
    SYMPTOM
    The key will not go into the door lock cylinder, or if it
    goes in, it will not turn.
    PROBABLE CAUSE
    The door lock tumblers are damaged or worn.
    VEHICLES AFFECTED
    2003 Civic 2-Door ALL
    2003 Civic 4-Door ALL
    2004 Civic 2-Door:
    From VIN 1HGEM....4L000001 thru
    1HGEM....4L015262
    2004 Civic 4-Door:
    From VIN 1HGES....4L000001 thru
    1HGES....4L005028
    From VIN 2HGES....4H500001 thru
    2HGES....4H518196
    LX From VIN JHMES1...4S000001 thru
    JHMES1...4S000007
    EX From VIN JHMES2...4S000001 thru
    JHMES2...4S000005
    2004 Civic Hybrid:
    From VIN JHMES9...3S000001 thru
    JHMES9...3S032263
    2002 CR-V ALL
    2003 CR-V 2WD:
    From VIN JHLRD6...3C000001 thru
    JHLRD6...3C016859
    VIN Begins With SHSRD6 ALL
    2003 CR-V 4WD:
    From VIN JHLRD7...3C000001thru
    JHLRD7...3C045224
    VIN Begins With SHSRD7 ALL
    2003 Element 2WD:
    From VIN 5J6YH1...3L000001 thru
    5J6YH1...3L020810
    2003 Element 4WD:
    From VIN 5J6YH2...3L000001 thru
    5J6YH2...3L049840
    CORRECTIVE ACTION
    Remove the door lock cylinder, and replace the inner
    cylinder, springs, and tumblers.
    PARTS INFORMATION
    Door Lock Cylinder Kit:
    P/N 06720-S5A-305, H/C 7604499
    (Kit contains eight door inner cylinders, two tailgate
    inner cylinders, and associated parts.)
    Door Lock Cylinder Kit Replacement Parts
    Door Inner Cylinder: (8 pieces)
    P/N 74844-S5A-305, H/C 7650963
    Tailgate Inner Cylinder: (2 pieces)
    P/N 74845-S5A-305, H/C 7650971
    Lock Spring: (60 pieces)
    P/N 74832-S5A-305, H/C 7650948
    K-Ring: (10 pieces)
    P/N 74833-S5A-305, H/C 7650955
    Sublock Tumblers: (50 pieces per part number)
    P/N 74840-S5A-305, H/C 7651052
    P/N 74841-S5A-305, H/C 7651060
    P/N 74842-S5A-305, H/C 7651078
    P/N 74843-S5A-305, H/C 7651086
    Tumblers: (100 pieces per part number)
    P/N 74834-S5A-305, H/C 7650997
    P/N 74835-S5A-305, H/C 7651003
    P/N 74836-S5A-305, H/C 7651011
    P/N 74837-S5A-305, H/C 7651029
    P/N 74838-S5A-305, H/C 7651037
    P/N 74839-S5A-305, H/C 7651045
    Cylinder Rod Clip
    CR-V, Element:
    P/N 72116-S47-901, H/C 5968136
    Civic:
    P/N 72116-S04-003, H/C 4846531
    REQUIRED MATERIALS
    Permalube:
    P/N 08734-0030, H/C 7649320

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    Quote Originally Posted by 11Bee View Post
    Also wondering if this is a common problem with CR-Vs?
    Common to Sidewinder lock cylinders, model doesn't matter. Your dealer's quote is outrageous for one lock cylinder.

    See locksmiths threads

    http://www.elementownersclub.com/for...ad.php?t=37972

    http://www.elementownersclub.com/for...ight=door+lock

    on the EOC if you want to attempt a repair yourself - the door panel trim removal instructions don't apply but scroll through the pictures for the lock cylinder / outer door handle pics. The lock cylinder repair is the same. Another (relatively) low cost alternative is to install the Honda Accessory Keyless Entry, but if none of the lock cylinders work and the battery goes dead, well......
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    Just purchased 2003 CRV for my daughter and saw your respons. e in CRV-OC forum-is this a recall from Honda or just a guide on how to fix it.

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    11bee - did you solve your door lock problem. i am having the same problem on the driver side. keys wont go in or wont do anything. i replaced the actuator but didn't solve the problem. i'd appreciate hearing from you or any other who had the same issue

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    Our new-to-us 2004 EX 5MT is experiencing this fault on the port (driver) side door: key doesn't go in fully (at least 3/4 of the way) and is stuck at about 45 degrees turn. Since it's been below freezing here (NW OH) for over a week & the V is parked in our driveway facing east (driver door facing north) most of the time, I expect that moving bits inside the lock cylinder (tumblers) are frozen in-place. (Prior to our current below freezing run, we had no trouble with this door lock).

    Any been-there, done-thats on this problem ? I'm particularly interested in knowing the likelihood that cleaning & re-lubing the original lock cylinder (when it's a bit warmer here for more than a day) might get us through this. In the mean-time, the keyless entry (and starboard side door lock) continue to work fine.
    Current: 2004 CR-V EX 5MT Taffeta White (2009 Audi A4 Quattro P+ 6MT Brilliant Red). Past: 2000 CR-V EX 5MT Milano Red

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    It's a couple of degrees above freezing & the sun is out in NW OH today, so I got out a spray can of lubricating oil & worked the driver side door lock (alternating spray & each of the two keys we have). After several cycles of this, one of the keys (coated in lubricating oil) went in completely & appeared to reset the lock cylinder & its tumblers. Both keys work in this door now.

    A follow-up question for the community might be: Do we have a recommended preventive maintenance for this type of exterior door lock ?

    Next up: new batteries for our remote locking fobs.
    Current: 2004 CR-V EX 5MT Taffeta White (2009 Audi A4 Quattro P+ 6MT Brilliant Red). Past: 2000 CR-V EX 5MT Milano Red

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrGER View Post

    A follow-up question for the community might be: Do we have a recommended preventive maintenance for this type of exterior door lock ?
    You should be lubricating the lock cylinders (including the ignition) with a graphite lubricant at least once a year. Squirt it on a key and work it into the lock.


    Here's one brand:



    A hardware store, locksmith, or auto parts store might have this. Failing that, Amazon or Ebay...



    The benefit to this type of lubricant is that the carrier fluid for the dry graphite will 'wick' into the lock. The fluid will soon evaporate, and the graphite will keep the tumblers lubricated (and keep moisture out).

    WD40 or grease will gum up the tumblers, eventually. USE THE CORRECT LUBRICANT.


    PS: Anybody remember speedometer cables? This was the best lubricant for those, too. (A BLAST from the PAST!)
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    I called Honda regarding my 2002 CRV door locks (the key won't go into the cylinder), this seems to be an ongoing issue with Honda CRV’s
    They said that a recall would only be done if there are enough complaints documented…their Phone: 800-999-1009
    As CRV owners, we are stuck paying the $400.00+tax for parts and labor ($250. Labor) to fix just one door cylinder/tumblers.
    Please call and let your voice be heard, to have Honda recall the earlier models of their cars.

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