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1996 Honda Civic Coupe Manual Doorl locks not working

The car came with copied keys. The keys will turn the ignition and unlock the drunk, but it will not lock and unlock the doors. The drivers door with the door is open, will not even let you push the lock to the locked position. It will, however, let you push the lock to locked with the door closed. The passanger door you can push the lock to locked with the door open & closed, just the key will not unlock/lock it from the outside. Anyway to fix this or what are the parts called that I need to buy to replace them?

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The driver door can not be locked with the door open on all Hondas. It's a feature to prevent people from locking the door and leaving the keys in the car. You can however slightly pull the door release lever open, and it will allow you to lock the door, so this isn't something you have to fix, it's the way the car was designed. The door locks may have been replaced at some time before you purchased the car, and that may be why the keys don't work. I would check with a locksmith to see what they would charge to make up a key, and also check with a Honda dealer about getting a replacement key. If you show proof of ownership (registration, title, etc) the can provide a key by using the cars vin to cut a new one. Of course, if someone changed the lock cylinders the key won't work. Check what the dealer would charge for a key (from what I've heard, they usually don't charge much, unless it's the key with a chip in it), then the locksmith. Your last option would be to change the lock cylinders yourself, but the cost of the parts, then pulling the door panels off would probably be my last choice to fix them. Good luck, and let me know the outcome!

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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It could be a poorly cut key. Try dropping a dollar and having another key made. If that doesn't work, you will have to go to a Honda dealer and they can make a key from the vin#

Posted on Jun 25, 2009

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You have to pull the door handle out from the inside and then lock it when trying to lock the door from the inside.

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