Honda Odyssey Sliding Door Won’t Open (or Close): How to Fix the Problem Without Spending a Dime

by Michael on June 19, 2011 · 14 comments

I’ve heard about people having trouble with their Honda Odyssey sliding doors, but it wasn’t until recently that we joined them… I was away for the week, and when I returned my wife said she was having trouble with the passenger-side sliding door.

For background, we have a 2004 Honda Odyssey EX that has served us well over the years, though it’s starting to show it’s age in the form of random mechanical issues. Not long ago, we had to have the transmission rebuilt, and a couple of weeks later we discovered a broken engine mount. And now this…

The underlying door mechanism appears to be working fine, as we can get the passenger door to slide open or shut using the dashboard button or the keychain remote (i.e., key fob). But when we tried to operate the door using the door handle (inside or out) it wouldn’t respond.

I was afraid that we had worn out the switch, and that we’d have to have it replaced. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case. Rather, it seems that all we needed to do was reset the door to get it working again.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Turn off the power doors using the dashboard switch to the left of the steering wheel.
  2. Open your doors manually as far as they’ll go – but be gentle!
  3. Optional: Remove fuse #13 from the passenger side fuse panel and wait 30 seconds before popping it back in.
  4. Turn the power doors back on using the dashboard switch.
  5. Close the doors using the dashboard buttons or key fob.
  6. Test the doors using the door handle.

Assuming that all went well, your doors should now be working as intended. Note that the third step (removing the fuse) may not be necessary. I got away without doing this, but you might not. Regardless, this is a very simple and easy fix. It won’t take more than about two minutes, and will save you a trip to the mechanic.

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