Question about 2003 Honda Pilot

1 Answer

2003 Honda Pilot key stuck in ignition

The key to my pilot was a little sticky for quite some time but I could still get it in and out with a bit of jiggling. I took it to my local dealer to order another key and was informed that I would need a new ignition block. The dealer kept spraying wd-40 into the key hole and for a while the key would not read to start the car. After letting it sit for awhile I got it to go and the key was coming out relatively easily. The dealer wanted to see this and proceeded to jam the key into the ignition and it would not longer come out. So today I am having a new ignition block put in, it went in at 9:00 am and they have just finished with it now at 4:30 pm. Could you tell me it this is a reasonable amount of time for the ignition change? I have a feeling our local dealer is once again taking me for a "ride" please reply.

Posted by on

  • 3 more comments 
  • Anonymous Nov 19, 2008

    Hi have the same exact issue now..

  • Anonymous Nov 19, 2008

    I have a 2003 Honda Pilot. Ignition key is stuck between Lock position and Accessory position, and can't be removed from ignition. Please help; call me at 989-724-7410 or email me

  • Anonymous Dec 11, 2008

    Well my ignition just wont flip its stuck in the locked position i spoke to the dealer about repairing the whole ignition and he quoted me about $600 with part and labor and esyimated the job would only take about 2 hours . i let you know how it goes

  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2008

    I have the same problem, the key goes in and then gets stuck for awhile I would jiggle it until it worked and the car would turn on. Now the key goes in but it will not turn it just locked. I was told by my mechanic that I needed a new ignition block which is backed ordered by Honda and it cost $265.00 just for the part. Any ideas????

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    I have 03 pilot and my problem whit it is that the key will go in fine but it will not turn. sometimes it is ease to go in and out, but sometimes it a little bit sticky. Does any body knows how to solve this prob. please help me thank's.



1 Answer

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 2 times.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer

I had the same problem. It was like my key gained too much weight and wouldn't fit in the ignition. Honda wanted to replace the entire ignition after I tried my spare key. Someone told me about trying a locksmith. I did that. The car was there for about an hour and it cost around $90. They cleaned the ignition and bent back some peice of metal (can't remember what it was called) that was causing the problem.

Hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

How do i reset my manint req's light after an oil change on a 2003 Honda pilot

1- turn off the engine. 2- press and hold the select/Reset button on the instrument panel, then turn on the ignition switch ON (II) 3- Hold the button for approximately ten seconds until the indicator resets or go to Honda pilot 2003 owner's manual see page 69.

Mar 09, 2015 | 2003 Honda Pilot

2 Answers

How do i reset my manint req's light after an oil change on a 2003 Honda pilot

Reset oil service light Honda Pilot. From years: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
How do you reset oil service light Honda Pilot. From years: 2003, 2004, 2005.
  1. Turn off the engine. Press and hold the SELECT/RESET button in the instrument panel and turn the ignition switch to run (one position before starting).
  2. Hold the button for at least 10 seconds, until the indicator resets.
  3. Turn the ignition off and then start the engine to verify the indicator has been reset.
How to reset oil service light Honda Pilot. From years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.
Resetting the Engine Oil Life Display if maintenance service is done by someone other than your dealer, reset the maintenance minder as
  1. Turn the ignition switch to the ON (II) position.
  2. Press the select/reset knob repeatedly until the engine oil life is displayed.
  3. Press the select/reset knob for about 10 seconds. The engine oil life and the maintenance item code(s) will blink.
  4. Press the select/reset knob for another 5 seconds. The maintenance item code(s) will disappear, and the engine oil life will reset to 100.
All information is taken from the Honda Pilot owners manual.

Mar 09, 2015 | 2003 Honda Pilot

1 Answer

My 07 Pilot key fob has quit working, replaced the battery with the CR1616 like the one that was in it. Still not getting a light on the key fob when I push button. Its fob fried?

If the little light doesn't work when you push a button, it's either dead, or fried. Be sure you put the battery in correctly too.

Mar 16, 2014 | 2003 Honda Pilot

1 Answer

Put a new ignition switch in my 03 pilot engine turns over now but it wont fire

did u get new keys along with the ignition? if yes, then ur new keys have to be programmed again. Only dealer can do it.

Jul 27, 2010 | 2003 Honda Pilot

2 Answers

Dealer cut a new key for Pilot but it won't work

If the key fits mechanically, and the lock turns, then the key has been cut correctly. However if it just won't start the vehicle, then the transponder chip within the key will need programming. The dealer should have the equipment to do this. Do not accept a key that does not start the car - and certainly don't pay unless it does.

Aug 06, 2009 | 2003 Honda Pilot

2 Answers

Key won't turn on 2003 Hoda Pilot

Sometimes the steering wheel will put pressure on the switch from the steering lock. Try this:
- insert the key that usually works
- with your foot on the brake, make sure the shifter is fully in park
- while turning the key, move the steering wheel left or right firmly

Jun 20, 2017 | 2003 Honda Pilot

1 Answer

Ignition switch repairs

Once the dealer hooks up their computer and activates the ignition you shouldn't need to go back, The code that you were given is usually just a temp code to get you to the dealer.

Jul 19, 2009 | 2003 Honda Pilot

1 Answer

2003 Honda Pilot Door locks not working

may be a relay switch, or a faulty wire on the right side behind the glove box

Jun 16, 2009 | 2003 Honda Pilot

1 Answer


put foot on brake and wiggle gear shift while trying to remove key

Nov 19, 2008 | 2003 Honda Pilot

2 Answers

2003 Honda Pilot - driver's door lock stuck

Mine got 2 rear door stuck. No respond to master switches nor remote.

Jul 26, 2008 | 2003 Honda Pilot

Not finding what you are looking for?
2003 Honda Pilot Logo

2,387 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Honda Experts


Level 3 Expert

77947 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22306 Answers

Kevin Daniels

Level 3 Expert

1455 Answers

Are you a Honda Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides