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

by Michael on June 19, 2011 · 39 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.

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

Cevin May 20, 2013 at 8:42 pm

It worked for me, though different problem. Door would not close all the way and latch successfully. Something seemed to be out of sync. Tried this and it did the trick. Thanks.


Byra Burke February 14, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Pulling the fuse 13 worked for me. Thank you very much.


canute July 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm

pulling the fuse worked well. thanks guys, its a blessing.


NATA July 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

Pulling the fuse didn’t help in my 2009 Honda Odyssey EXL for the same problem. But found another suggestion on the net to disconnect the negative terminal of the battery and reconnect after 5 mins. That helped. The power slide door works now and dash board “slide door” light is not on anymore.


Thomas Knedler August 30, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Good Afternoon:
Boy is this a life saver and money $$$ saver. I have a 2001 Odyssey EX ant the fuse number was #5 for passenger side sliding door, 20 amp. Fuse was good, so left out for 30 seconds. Turned the inside switch back on and then used the inside door switch to open and close door. Worked great! Thanks again for your posting.


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Chris September 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Disconnecting the negative battery terminal worked for me. Thanks!!!


Escobar December 4, 2014 at 9:01 pm

It works on mi 2000 odyssey i thoug its the motor problem but as soon i remove the fuses and open the door manualy worrks perfect


Stan December 18, 2014 at 11:53 am

the fuse trick didn’t work, but removing the negative battery cable for 5 minutes did. I also cleaned up the battery posts. It’s a brand new battery, but they were MUCH dirtier than I thought they should be. Guess I’ll have to keep an eye on that…


ann despain January 12, 2015 at 4:50 pm

Thank you so much. It’s always great when it’s a quick and easy fix.


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Patricia May 15, 2015 at 8:28 pm

turned off the sliding door switch. opened the offending door(driver’s side), pulled #13 fuse, waited 30 seconds, replaced fuse, turned on dashboard sliding door switch, had to hold down the sliding door switch the first time to close the door. Both doors working now like a champ now !! Thanks a bunch for the info, saved me a bunch of money!! You’re the best !!


Steven September 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm

Did everything suggested,until I held the switch. Worked like a champ.


drift May 26, 2015 at 12:00 am

Hi Michael: Thanks for the excellent tip, I must have saved myself a few hundred dollars, not going to the dealership! You are the Best! Removing the fuse #13 did the trick. I have Honda Odyssey EX 2001 and my passenger sliding door got stuck without any warnings. Initially I thought that you had accidentally written fuse #13 instead of 12 (fuse box states that 12 is for the power sliding doors). Tried 12 first, no response, went back and did as suggested by you, fuse #13 did the trick. Thanks again! Drift


Elbert r amick May 27, 2016 at 5:39 pm

I tried the fuse trick and pulling the #13 fuse and it worked for me thanks alot made my day. no repair bill lol


Norberto June 11, 2016 at 3:51 pm

Hey guys, pulling the negative cable worked like a charm for me. My van is a 2005 Odyssey and i tried the fuse trick but it didn’t work. but the negative cable, Yes indeed. Sweet. Thanks for sharing the info. Save my wife and me some $$ by not having to take it to a dealer.


Samiam June 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm

Tried fuse trip no…. Tried battery tricke yes but only until card is turned off then when I turn it back on the door lite returns and driver side door will not work again the panel light returns.


tracy June 24, 2016 at 9:12 pm

My light keep coming back once a week at least.


Thomas July 31, 2016 at 2:57 pm

I pulled fuse 13 which is Clock, Back up on my 2000 Honda odyssey and it fixed the problem. Can anybody explain why fuse 13 would fix this problem? Many thanks for info.


Ben August 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm

This YouTube link explains and shows it for all of you visual learners.


Stephanie September 8, 2016 at 4:24 pm

Thank you for sharing the fuse fix. You guys that share these car fixes are truly Angels. It worked. With everything else going on in my life right now this fix was nothing short of a miracle. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!


jose January 26, 2017 at 7:29 am

Thanks a lot some guy was charging me 150.00 for this job
he was telling me about reset some computer bla bla bla, and im was curious…computer?… no le let me check google
popping the fuse out work and did not cost me 150.00
thank so much


Michelle Rapoza February 1, 2017 at 7:21 pm

Hi..I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey…my repair guy pulled the 13 switch…couldn’t get it to work..replaced the battery , sent it to another mechanic, who now can get both doors to work at all now…even manually…..any ideas…thanks


Greg February 23, 2018 at 9:37 pm

Turn the van off, set the power door switch to off, and pull the #7 fuse on the driver’s side. Wait a minute, put it back in and test it out. Hope this isn’t too late, just had this happen to me on my 2005.


yk February 16, 2017 at 3:59 pm

for 2007 its fuse 40. i took it out and placed again. the door closed so fuse trick works.


Morgana May 6, 2017 at 6:56 pm

Could you give a little more detail our doors are stuck open


John Randall June 25, 2017 at 7:24 pm

Fuse 40? I didn’t even see that option…my door will not budge manually or electric. Stuck wide open and tried disconnecting the battery and pulled fuse 7


Kayode January 20, 2018 at 10:15 pm

Thanks. Tried it and it worked. Appreciated.


Nicole February 18, 2018 at 1:25 pm

Thank you so much! It worked on my 2007 Odyssey and such an easy fix!


Neal August 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm

2003 Honda Odyssey, passenger door on driver side wan’t open. The cable that pulls the door electronically broke. The door is closed but it wan’t even open manually. Could some one please assist and advise.


Ray August 12, 2018 at 7:34 pm

Worked for my 2015 Odyssey.
I was worried for a hot second that I had broken the rear rail motor.
Thankfully I was able to open it with the motor, just not close it.

Big thanks for posting.


zoe November 9, 2018 at 4:44 pm

did you pull a fuse for your 2015 or just did the battery trick? If you pulled a fuse, which one?

i tried the battery trick but no joy.

both sliding doors in my 2012 odyssey won’t open via dash/mount control, key fob remote or manually.

thanks in advance for any help


Kabasa October 1, 2018 at 10:00 am

This is magical on my 2001 Odyssey


zoe November 9, 2018 at 4:42 pm

I have a 2012 honday odyssey. battery died so replaced with new one. since replacing battery, both sliding doors won’t open via mount/dash control, key fob or manually.

i’ve disconnected both positive and negative battery terminals for 5+ min and no joy.

any ideas specifically for my 2012 odyssey? thanks in advance


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Shawn April 3, 2019 at 7:11 am

Worked great 2x now…thank you for posting this EZ DIY fix!!!


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Raj August 21, 2019 at 11:47 am

Awesome! You just saved me $110 in the diagnostic cost. Thank you so much.


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