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

by Michael on June 19, 2011 · 15 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.

{ 15 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.


MARIA January 27, 2015 at 8:50 am



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 !!


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


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