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Honda Accord Key Issues (Won’t Work/Stuck/Not Recognized)

Issues with a Honda Accord key can be frustrating, but most of them only require a few simple steps to be fixed. The majority of them can be solved on your own, but the issues sometimes do require the attention of a professional.

The main issues with Honda Accord keys are that the fob (frequency operated button) is malfunctioning, the key is stuck, or the key won’t work in the car’s ignition.

Male holding car key fob

The following article is a short but detailed list of the most common issues associated with the three mentioned above. There is also a brief description of the steps you can take to solve them.

Honda Accord Key Fob Not Working After Battery Replacement

Car key in ignition

When batteries get replaced in a Honda Accord key, the programming codes might have been interrupted. This can cause the codes to malfunction; thus, the key does not work correctly. To fix this, you will need to reprogram the key.

Step 1: Turn the car’s ignition switch on.

Step 2: Press the button that’s between the stereo and the CD control buttons. Hold that button until the last step is completed.

Step 3: Press the “unlock” and “lock” buttons back and forth as the power doors cycle, and the key’s FOB transmitter accepts the codes.

Step 4: If this method does not work, then consult a professional or purchase a placement.

Honda Accord Key Fob Light Stays On

Car key fob on white background

The most likely reason that the red light is still on is that the button is stuck. Wiggling a flat screwdriver underneath it should get it unstuck. If the red light is still on, then the key might need to be reprogrammed. You can follow the steps outlined above, as they solve most key FOB issues.

Honda Accord Key Fob Won’t Lock/Unlock

Hand putting car key to door to unlock

A Honda Accord key should be able to lock and unlock the car from a reasonable distance. If this is not the case, then the signal might not be strong enough for the key to respond. You can follow the following steps to solve this problem.

Step 1: Press either the alarm button or the unlock button on the key fob to discern if the key is still sending a strong signal to the car.

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Step 2: If no signal is displayed, move closer to the car until a signal starts to appear. If there is still no signal displayed, then the key’s battery or the key itself might need to be replaced.

Step 3: Once the signal has been established, you will hear the doors locking and unlocking, and possibly the car honking if you press the lock button enough times.

Honda Accord Key Fob Battery Low

Car key fob

If the key fob battery is low, it won’t function properly. If this occurs, replacing the key’s batteries will solve the problem. If you have replaced the batteries already and are still experiencing issues with the key, consult a professional to get it repaired or replaced.

Honda Accord Key Fob Not Locking

Hand holding car key fob

If the key fob won’t lock your car, then it might think that something is still open. Making sure that your car doors and trunk are fully shut is the most common and effective way to fix this issue. You should also check your hood latch and door pins; if those are malfunctioning, then the key fob won’t be able to lock the car properly.

Honda Accord Will Not Unlock with Key

Guy hold car key fob

If your Honda Accord won’t unlock with the key, then the most likely cause is that the signal isn’t being received. If this is the case, then follow these steps.

Step 1: Press either the alarm button or the unlock button on the key fob to discern if the key is still sending a strong signal to the car.

Step 2: If no signal is being displayed, move closer to the car until a signal starts to appear. If there is still no signal displayed, then the key’s battery or the key itself might need to be replaced.

Step 3: Once the signal has been established, you will hear the doors locking and unlocking, and possibly the car honking if you press the lock button enough times.

Honda Accord Key Stuck/Won’t Release

Car key in ignition

If your key is stuck in any way, such as the buttons being stuck or the key being stuck in a car door keyhole, then being gentle is the way to go. If you try to yank or twist the key out, then you might break the key in half and cause even more problems. To get a key unstuck, just follow these steps.

Step 1: Continuously turn your key to the left and right while gently wiggling it. If it comes out that way, you’re good to go.

Step 2: If the key is still stuck, then putting a little bit of grease or oil on the lock and key can help slip it out. Try to get the grease or oil into the small spaces between the lock and key, as this will make it easier to slide the key out.

Step 3: If neither of these suggestions has worked, let the key cool down for a minute before trying to wiggle it again. If the issue persists, then calling a locksmith for help is the best option.

Honda Accord Steering Wheel Locked Key Won’t Turn

Car key in ignition

Your steering wheel can become locked when you tug it harshly in one direction after you’ve parked your car. But following the steps below can easily help you fix it.

Step 1: Jiggle the wheel back and forth gently until it comes loose.

Step 2: If step 1 isn’t working, turn the key into the on position in the ignition and jiggle your steering wheel until it comes loose.

Step 3: If neither of those steps works, then it’s best to consult a mechanic since something else might be broken.

Honda Accord Not Recognizing Key

Handing holding car key fob in front of steering wheel

This problem mainly occurs when the key’s signal isn’t reaching the car. This issue can be solved by following the steps previously outlined in the “Honda Accord Key Fob Won’t Lock/Unlock” section of the article.

Honda Accord Keyless Entry Not Working

Car key fob

You can solve this problem by either replacing the batteries in the key or resetting the signal. To do the latter, you can follow the steps outlined in the “Honda Accord Key Fob Won’t Lock/Unlock” section of this article.

Honda Accord Key Will Not Turn in Ignition

Car key in ignition

If the key doesn’t turn in the ignition, then something might be blocking it. The most common blockage is stuck lock wafers or the small slim bits of metal in the ignition. They might be stuck on something when they slide upwards but taking apart the ignition cylinder and removing them should solve the problem.

Honda Accord Key Will Not Come Out of Ignition

Car key in ignition

If the key is stuck in the ignition, treat it as the key is stuck in the car door. Don’t forcefully tug or push it in and out, as this will create more problems. The following steps will help get the key out of the ignition without damaging the key or the ignition.

Step 1: Gently move the steering wheel back and forth while gently twisting the key back and forth in the ignition.

Step 2: Take the car out of park and put it into drive or neutral with your foot on the brake. Gently twist the key back and forth, and once it’s unstuck, re-enter it and put the car back in park.

Step 3: If none of the above work, then it’s recommended that you talk to a mechanic.

Honda Accord Key Won’t Go In Ignition

Car key in front of steering wheel

If your key doesn’t go into the ignition, then something may be blocking it. You can do the same procedure of taking the stuck lock wafers out, as outlined in the “Honda Accord Key Will Not Turn In Ignition” section of this article. If the problem persists, then your key might be bent out of shape or unable to fit into the ignition.

If that’s the case, then consult a professional to get the key fixed or replaced.

Honda Accord Key Won’t Start car

If your key won’t start the car, it’s more than likely an issue with the battery in the engine. If the battery is dead, then the car isn’t going to start anytime soon. It’s recommended to get the battery checked to make sure it’s fully charged.

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