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Key stuck in ignition won’t turn off – honda crv – Auto Repair Chat

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2001 Honda CRV came in with key stuck in the ignition and you could not turn it past the accessory position thus killing the battery. I diagnosed it as a failing key interlock solenoid. The only way to get it is to buy entire lock housing. I got a #KS6963 from NAPA. It comes with all you need to do the job (parts wise). This is a pretty common problem on older CRV's and you see it miss diagnosed frequently where shops and owners are replacing PRNDL switches, shift cables, etc...and not fixing the problem. It's a pretty simple fix with basic knowledge and tools HOWEVER, the sheer bolt is a pain in the butt if you don't have the right tools. Watch the video first then decide if you wanna tackle it. Sorry if I left some steps out, I've been doing this a lot of years and tend to assume things. Leave any questions in the comment box below and I'll see if I can help you. Thanks for watching and please subscribe to our channel!

50 thoughts on “Key stuck in ignition won’t turn off – honda crv”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars NightHawk J30 says:

    Those sheer bolts are designed to break when tightening. I know in the factory Service manual they make it seems so easy.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars naturalverities says:

    I would give this a hundred thumbs-ups if I could. A word to those contemplating trying to remove the assembly without dropping the steering column: don't. I tried that and ended up having to drop the column anyway to finish the job after expending much needless effort and inventing new cuss words. I would have been much better off doing so to begin with. Don't let all the unhooking scare you, it goes back together more easily that you would imagine, and the column is very easy to lift and align. Also, the Honda connectors separate much more easily than is typical for automotive connectors. Go for it!

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ozzy Krahn says:

    he reminds me of me how i would be

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doug Mottert says:

    great job

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CAYMAN987 says:

    My god what a mess

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alaskan Wolf says:

    Doctor O 😁

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cars says:

    A former friend of mine talked me into buying a Honda and then after I got it he told me to trade it in at 60k. Wow I can't believe that Honda did not require you to buy the entire dash board. HONDA = JUNK !

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Ridley says:

    ObAVE: "Tighten it until it breaks then back off 1/4 turn."

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sister Calhoun says:

    Bro I wish you would have showed it step by step like Chrisfix videos. And get a Chris fixed camera we need close up step by step

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Neil Figueredo says:

    You are the MAN !!!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars zr1sparky1 says:

    Dr O? Ha, wow this is old! You're new vids demonstrate how far you've come. You are helping so many with your generosity! Not many would share your hard earned knowledge so freely

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Blizzy says:

    Flat head and hammer is how I removed them

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Vet says:

    good job

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars facundo richard says:

    Please i need your help! I pulled out the O/D Button, and now i dont know how to plug it back in. Plese help me

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matthew Martin says:

    I had something similar on our '04 honda pilot. Key would slide in and out but wouldn't turn in the cylinder. I got the whole assembly but Instead replacing the big thick wire bundle I just used the old one already installed. Had to get a professional lock smith to reprogram the new key. But other than that it worked like a charm.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars f150 man says:

    You've come a long way from here….but now it's the same great content with a better mic…👍

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Arnold Baclig says:

    Hi erick i am working on my 2001 crv right now… what happen is i turn the ignition on but wont start no crank but sometimes the engine turns on. i already take out the starter and test on the battery and it works fine, and the fuse is ok now my 2nd step is the ignition switch bcuz we are using a duplicate key for awhile. That might be the cause. Any other suggestion that you can give? Thank you so much.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Freddy Flintstoned says:

    The old hondewi slogan, Honda, we build them simple. Now that is just a slogan. Ask a mechanic!

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars ron ruffolo says:

    Always a pleasure and a learning experience watching your videos

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Tom Oakhill says:

    Your assumptoin that getting the plastic off is trivial, is incorrect. That is the hardest part ! Once the plastic is off it is openly obvious to see how to unhook the wiring, and remove the bolts. But they hide their methods for holding the plastic together and on the column. I would love a video showing nothing by removing interior plastic trim to get at stuff.

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Crispr Talk says:

    I dont think I was a subscriber at this point.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Elwood Noble says:

    You have done some very great upgrades to your videos since this! I thought the key was stuck in the old ignition?

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Spunkmire says:

    i had one of these cars. added a passenger seat arm rest. haha

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars the eabster says:

    I changed one of these today in a 01 Honda CRV. I got lucky I didn't have to take the steering wheel down once you get that break off bolt out I was able to reach behind the column with a pick and push the button down and just pushed it right out and put the new one in.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars the eabster says:

    Which size strip fashion of socket did you use

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars toolmanchris says:

    Napa – not a sponsor 😂

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Barry Thomas says:

    Love the excellent video quality in this early video.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stephen Martin says:

    Fun to go back and look at early videos and note the evolution of SMA (and the grey in your beard!)

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Cuba's Automotive says:

    This is where you start becoming more confident in making the videos! Even cracked a couple jokes at the end! Nice to go back and see the progress. 😊

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mike vonkleist says:

    You go, Eric. Done this. Intimating., doesn't matter. We go. Love this.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars markam campbell says:

    that old key came out pretty easy.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars markam campbell says:

    something is making rude noises at the beginning.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mbsnyderc says:

    What the hell is the point of the sheer bolt.

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Chiodetti says:

    Great Video! Sure is a lot of stuff in that column area! The whole assembly has to be changed. Makes it easy but expensive.

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jeff maxwell says:

    i wonder if mrs o was camera women

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Josh Winky says:

    You need to bring back the full frontal intros!

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars wrr2112 says:

    WOW! You were very serious back then……meaning, you didn't have a funny side to your very professional side. You're one of the best mechanics I have ever seen, esp. in the diagnostics field. Keep up the great work and keep the videos coming.

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars breeze787 says:

    This was a very short video by your standards. I don't mind that they are long its like watching a documentary with information that anyone might use repairing anything. The part that I enjoy the most is when you are diagnosing the problem. It's like reading a very exciting novel because neither you or I know exactly where your poking around is going to wind up. And the mere mention of your thoughts on the matter just makes the plot THICKEN. Very entertaining, thanks for putting these vids up.

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sajid says:

    Hello,
    My HONDA CR-V engine auto turn off during drive and not again starting at the same time. I have to take wait about 10-20 mints for again start. I am facing this issue 8 to 10 time per day from last week. I'll subscribe to your channel, do likes, views and share it to others. Can you please help me, how to deal with this issue?

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TR R says:

    My ignition got stuck with the key out. I went into the gas station for 2 minutes i came out and it wouldn't turn. It finally came undone and i made it home. Then it wouldnt turn at all without beating the key with a hammer. It wasn't hard to fix though.

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dan ungler says:

    Thanks for the video on how to get the bolt out which came in handy.  The only problem is I have the same thing happening where it won't start and the key gets locked in ignition until the power supply is cut off from the battery. Unless I manually release the column shifter it stays locked. I did this to see if it would start in neutral. Any ideas?

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars heraldofthegospel says:

    Thank you, this video was very helpful.

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars o0oitzJimmy says:

    Any chance of the airbag being able to deploy?

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Donald Stockard says:

    Awesome! This is like SMA's first album or something. love it!

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars VideoNOLA says:

    I can accurately gauge which year your videos come from solely by the mic level, ambient noises, tone/seriousness, and word count. Love how your on-camera style has evolved since 2014!

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars jalopy rips says:

    Look at this ol vid

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars RetroEntertainmentGuy says:

    why no jeep hat :))))