In this video I have a look at a customers Honda CRV. Their complaint is they can't get the key to turn to get the car running. Indeed it is stuck so now I have to replace the lock cylinder and housing. It is an easy DIY project but the sucky part is you need to program the keys when you are done.
-Enjoy!
If an SMA Video has helped you out please consider giving using "Patreon" to help support us. The videos take real time to create and pull us away from real work that pays our bills. CLICK HERE: https://www.patreon.com/southmainauto
CHECK OUT OUR "SMA SWAG" STORE! Go on Teespring and get your very own SMA merch!
https://teespring.com/stores/the-sma-store
If you don't like Patreon feel free to use the "PayPal Me" link: https://www.paypal.me/SouthMainAuto
The South Main Auto Amazon Store:
https://www.amazon.com/shop/southmainautorepairavoca
AES Wave Automotive Diagnostic Tools: https://www.aeswave.com/cart.php?m=affiliate_go&affiliateID=2525b91fc8e906e8215984074c9d9e8f&go=https://www.aeswave.com/Miscellaneous-p9347.html
Thank you for all the continuing support!
--Eric & Vanessa O.
Feel like sending some swag to SMA because you love the videos but don't know where to send it?
Just ship it here:
South Main Auto Repair
47 S. Main St
PO Box 471
Avoca, NY 14809
Disclaimer:
Due to factors beyond the control of South Main Auto Repair, it cannot guarantee against unauthorized modifications of this information, or improper use of this information. South Main Auto Repair assumes no liability for property damage or injury incurred as a result of any of the information contained in this video. South Main Auto Repair recommends safe practices when working with power tools, automotive lifts, lifting tools, jack stands, electrical equipment, blunt instruments, chemicals, lubricants, or any other tools or equipment seen or implied in this video. Due to factors beyond the control of South Main Auto Repair, no information contained in this video shall create any express or implied warranty or guarantee of any particular result. Any injury, damage or loss that may result from improper use of these tools, equipment, or the information contained.

99 thoughts on “Honda crv: can’t turn the key”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joel Gratton says:

    under the 1-2-D-N-R-P there a little cap key hole you pop out and push a latch with a key to put it ni neutral. All cars should have one…

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Iain Kinsella says:

    Atlas

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William T. Musil says:

    Hiya Eric

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Greg B. says:

    Ahh, the ole tin foil trick, classic

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars unknown bogey says:

    Living in Minnesota, I think every bolt on my 07 accord is a sheer bolt!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Faught says:

    FUCKIN HONDOOS

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ozzierabbit says:

    I also own an '06 CR-V with 170k miles that I bought new, has been kept outside in southern Wisconsin its entire life, not perfect but still in very good condition, underbody looks great. i still really enjoy driving this vehicle.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars I Paddle My Own Canoe. says:

    👍👍🙂🇨🇦

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lee Forget says:

    When I worked at Honda I changed a whole wack load of those. I found the best way was a long, very sharp, chisel. Knock a slot in it then start knocking it loose on the side of it in a counter clockwise rotation. As soon as it starts moving you can use a screw driver. Those snap off security bolts are made from real soft steel

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Reuter says:

    I finally achieved a long-time goal today (September 9) and ordered a South Main Auto t-shirt and sweatshirt. I’m looking forward to October when I am scheduled to receive my order. Then, I will happily represent South Main Auto here in Iowa. 🙂

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniele Silvaggi says:

    How about a bolt extractor.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars FUCKOFFWITHTHEREALNAME says:

    This is some next level work repair work.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars LMacNeill says:

    My step-daughter had a 2012 VW Jetta TDI sedan, and it had an issue with the keyswitch like this — only hers wouldn't turn off once you started it. LOL

    You'd have to turn the key to the "start" position, then let the key snap back into the "run" position and hope it'd go hard enough to get past the sticky point in its travel. VW apparently had a recall about it — they fixed it for free, even though the car was 7 years old and had over 100K miles. And somehow managed to re-use the same keys — we didn't have to get new keys. Maybe they were able to order a new lock cylinder to match the old key?

    Anyway, I just found it weird that hers would stick in the "run" position so you'd have to fiddle with it to turn the car off. Most locks fail in the "off" position, in my experience.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ati Kovi says:

    So now you have to go around with two keys for the car? These for the ignition and the original key for the door locks? That's annoying. Wouldn't the part from Honda come with keys cut to the original lock so they also fit the doors?

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ryan Williams says:

    Eric – what is the name of that little tool kit you pull out there at the beginning of the video? Thanks!

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Halverson says:

    looks just like my CRV, only one year off

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Marc Mora says:

    Love your videos best on u tube very informative
    I wish dealers were honest

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Calvin says:

    very good dude

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason LeCreux says:

    As a Honda dealer tech, I have also seen some of these shear pins have left handed thread. So if lefty doesn’t loosey, try righty loosey. Everyone I work with uses the caveman method like Mr. O, it’s not going to harm anything

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Lenoir says:

    Love the video thanks for the tips

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bryan Killeen says:

    You made it look easy

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Adam Toman says:

    Hope the person get the door rekeyed.
    That one reason I don’t like keys with the fob and blade together

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Vern Tou says:

    "Can't really mess this up" I worked with a guy who could mess up anything.😉 If you made a SMA hat like your jeep hat, I would buy one.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars commodore665 says:

    why do they make things so hard

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bud S. says:

    Please don’t hesitate to do repeat videos on any work like this. First, you will probably show us different ways to skin a cat. Second, from one manufacturer to another, the steps will probably differ a lot. I marvel at your ability to understand concepts and processes to lead you through diagnosis to task completion. Great stuff!

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Purcell says:

    Nice job Mr. O, as usual. The aluminum foil is a sweet trick. But…Hon-do? Nah…Hon-DON'T is more appropriate.

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars press2701 says:

    Wow, I saw that big hammer and chisel and instantly thought of Andrew Camarota taking a chain saw to his dash to install a new radio. Cave man indeed! Nice little vid, thank you,, Mr. O. My closing line: "if YOU can do it, then I will get YOU to do it, else it'll be a mess of expletives, cracked plastic and misfit parts".

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fred Malito says:

    Question; could the customer have taken the new lock cylinder and an old key to a locksmith the re-key the new cylinder so they didn’t need to have two different keys, one for the lock and one for ignition? Or are those not able to be disassembled to be re-keyed?

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars markus gudmestad says:

    So many times this has happened now, had a similar job today at work on a land cruiser, then i get home and see eric has posted a video on a similar thing. Greay work!

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ken Wiggins says:

    I've gotten many broken bolts out with my Mayhew punch set. 32 years as a machinist.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Garreth Stegman says:

    I literally just had this exact same situation on my 06 Honda Ridgeline over Laborday weekend

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Hall says:

    all you needed was a cassette for the cassette player.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave Wallace says:

    The long chisel way is how I do it. Seems to work every time!!

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MrGardman says:

    Thanks for taking us along on this one. Really enjoyed the parking lot repair. Have done that many times back in the day.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RomanAround says:

    You da man !👽

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cragified says:

    The steering wheel interlock is a bit of anti-joyriding- antitheft that needs to get removed from federal codes. Immobilizers do the job much more effectively and it never stopped an actual car thief as the pin has to be weak enough to be sheered in case of it accidentally releasing. All it ever did was stop teens and fast joy riders. Who are ironically the same reason that remote starts are actually technically illegal in many places.

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Syndergaard says:

    You did it the right way! It worked and didn’t require buying a new tool.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tracy Sellman says:

    Eric O. OMG you had me laughing so hard when you said "all you have to do is snap it off", and bing It popped into my head "What do you want me to do lady snap it off ?" lol You can tell I watch too may SMA videos, you have tainted me, Eric. lol

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Scurfie says:

    Hey, how about the "money light"? I mean it's in the shop.

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John says:

    I had this issue with an '03 Pilot… It actually isn't that hard to take apart the lock cylinder. Usually the issue is that some of the springs/wafers either are broken, worn, or the key is worn such that the wafers don't engage properly to allow the cylinder to turn. The vehicle was old – so I just deleted all the wafers so any pilot key would turn the lock cylinder. I actually think, in your situation, I would have just pulled the cylinder, deleted the wafers, and get it on down the road.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Chris W says:

    The problem with these is the wafers wear out and get stuck. You can take the tumbler apart and you will see 1 or 2 stuck wafers sticking up, and you can remove those and be on your way for free (other than the cost of bolts to bolt the lock back up). Obviously less security, but most of these wear out on high mileage throwaway Hondas that people don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on for something so miniscule. And you still have the chip in the key so while someone could get your wheel turned easier, they still cant start the car.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Joel Loeffler says:

    My daughter's 25 year old Ford F150 had the same problem. To put a new lock cylinder in, you have to turn the key to "run" to take the old one out. What I did was spray a lot of WD40 in the cylinder (put carboard on the floor) and a bunch of metal dust came out (worn out, and the metal dust had jammed it). I then blew it out with compressed air. After that, the cylinder worked almost like it was new. I replaced it with a new cylinder, though, knowing it was worn out and would soon trash itself. Only took about 10 minutes for the whole job.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars terry harvey says:

    My only worry with the hammer and chisel would be the air bag. Only gotta happen once to make your life complete.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eric Swindell says:

    when I was still making car keys, (locksmith) I would just use a Dremel and cut a slot in the bolt head and use a standard screwdriver to remove it and then after the key was made I could screw it back in to reassemble the car.

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paublus Americanus AMERICANUS says:

    I wish my 2013 dodge was as easy to program as this Honda, but it uses a fob with no key. I don't have one of those expensive scanners so I have to buy a flash programmer and use it to match the Vin and program. It costs 800 at the dealership and the flash programmers are about 60. That only works if you have one key still working. You don't wait till your last fob quites.

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars cory horne says:

    I have a Honda element. Had same problem. I took the ignition cylinder out disassembled it and removed the tumblers and put it back in. Now you can turn ignition with any key but only cranks with original. Fixed it for free

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Kollar0718 says:

    I had a car with the immo chip broken out of the key housing and taped to the reader/encoder unit with electricians tape and the whole "unit" shoved behind the dash.
    Worked fine until one sunny day, when the heat made the tape let go and the damn immo chip fell down to the dark abyss that is the dashboard of a 2001 Skoda Felicia pickup. 😀 Not many of those over there in the US I guess. 🙂

  48. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Craig Jorgensen says:

    Most shops would have sent that customer to the dealer for that miserable job.

  49. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Random Person says:

    Just use regular bolts for the new one.

  50. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill H says:

    "….. without hitting the wire harness, which is right up close to it, or the windshield, or my face…."
    Eric, you should be aware this late in your career, your face is sacrificial.