We get lots of calls from Honda owners inquiring about issues that they are having with their key. The information below should be helpful for independent trouble-shooting. If the tips below do not assist in resolving your issue, give us a call at 781-763-7500 – we are here to help!
Honda introduced the use of high security laser cut keys in 2002 as a means to increase the security of their vehicles. Most Honda keys also contain an embedded chip to prevent unauthorized users from starting the car. If an incorrect key or foreign object is detected, the immobilizer system will not allow the car to start.
One of the issues that tends to arise with Honda keys and Honda ignitions are the result of the split wafers in the key tumbler. Split wafers are half the size of standard wafers and gradually wear down over time. Additionally, tumblers can slip out of position and cause the ignition to lock. This issue can be prevented by keeping your car key separate from the rest of your key ring. A heavy key chain can misalign the position of the key and results in additional wear and tear.
Some common problems with Honda keys and ignitions are outlined below:
My Honda key won’t go in the ignition. If your key works fine to lock and unlock the doors, you have an ignition issue. If your key does not work well in the doors, you have a key issue. Do not force the key into the ignition, you can damage the ignition.
My Honda key is stuck in the ignition. If you have an automatic ignition, check that the gear shift is all the way in Park. Check if there is anything obstructing the gear shift. Turn the ignition to ON (not Start), shift the gear to drive and then firmly back into Park. This should allow you to remove the key from the ignition.
My Honda key won’t turn in the ignition and the steering wheel is locked. Try to turn the steering wheel in the same direction as the wheels are turned while turning the key in the ignition. Don’t use excessive force, as you may damage the ignition.
My Honda key won’t turn in the ignition and the steering wheel moves – it’s not locked. You may just need a bit of WD-40 or other lubricant. Spray a bit into the key slot and then trying turning the key again.
If the above trouble-shooting tips do not resolve your issue, give us a call at 781-763-7500 to schedule an appointment.