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Key won't turn on 2003 Hoda Pilot

My key won't turn the ignition on my 2003 Honda Pilot. I have three keys - none work. I need to get it to a mechanic but I'm looking at a pretty hefty towing charge as it happened out of town (of course). Is there another solution for getting it to start.

I've noticed from other postings that the 2003 Pilot seems to be prone to this problem after around 70,000 miles. Any other info you can share?

Thanks,

JP

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  • pnorris97 May 11, 2010

    Are the wheels turned and causing the steering wheel to bind on the steering lock (ignition)?

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Try this. Rock the car backwards by hand and see if that works. Our car was parked with the front wheel against the cement curb and it put pressure on the steering wheel. When we pushed the car backwards and took the pressure off it worked ok since then.

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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

Posted on Jun 20, 2017

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SOURCE: 2003 honda civic ignition switch do not take the key.

the switch and door lock needs the tumblers replaced but you well be able to use the original keys has to be taken to a honda dealer to have this done and it well take a few hours trust me i have delt with it as a honda tech

Posted on Dec 12, 2008

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SOURCE: 2003 Honda Pilot key stuck in ignition

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

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SOURCE: my 1997 honda accord wont start.....

Hi Matt

Follow the( + ) positive lead from the battery, to the starter, check the connections, if all OK, get someone to turn the ignition key to start, and give the starter a tap, on the selenoid, with a small hammer or a metal socket extension.

Good Luck !

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Posted on Feb 10, 2009

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SOURCE: left key in ignition overnight, now car wont start

I have a 2005 honda odessey. I left the key in the ignition in the on position. The battery is dead. Do I have to recharge or will it recharge over night?

Posted on Jun 12, 2009

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SOURCE: ignition key won't turn in 03 honda pilot

Call a locksmith. You may have to call several but I had one fix mine and it only cost about $200.00! To me that was a bargain because the dealership quoted me about $700.00.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009

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