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I bought a used 2004 Pilot and the previous owner said the fobs were all dead and that only the key would unlock the car, and I had to manually lock each door whenever I wanted to leave the car somewhere. The first thing I did was replace all 4 actuators. They cost about $15 each, but it takes about an hour each to get to them, swap them out, and put them back in. Also, if you're not extremely careful about how you reassemble all the metal levers in the lock mechanism that surround the actuator, then your handle will jam or won't work at all. There are a few helpful youtube videos showing tips for swapping the actuators.

Another thing you might encounter is the 3 phillips head screws that hold the lock mechanism into the side of the door. All 12 of them were corroded and stuck and I had to either drill them out or use screw extractors. So you might want to have some new 1.5 inch M6 flat head screws handy if you end up doing what I did.
 

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If needed, this is a good time to replace the door checker and/or speaker since you’ll have the door panel off.
Good point. I had to do all 3 of those things about a week apart with every one of the doors, so I got really good at removing that inner panel quickly. The first time is always the hardest, especially if you end up breaking any of the little clips.
 
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