Honda Element Tail Light Assembly Troubleshooting Guide
Honda Element tail light assembly is an essential safety feature of your vehicle. Make sure it is working properly and the problems are solved as soon as they arise. Here are some common tail light problems that you may need to address:
Difficulty removing Honda Element tail light assembly
Whether you are changing the bulbs or replacing the entire Honda Element tail light assembly, the process is the same. You have to remove the entire tail light assembly from the vehicle. Remove the 2 mounting bolts found at the inner side of the tail light assembly, then pull the tail light away from the vehicle to disengage the clip. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove the bulbs from the tail light.
Bulb in tail light assembly keeps burning out
There are several factors that may cause tail light (as well as headlamp) bulbs to burn out prematurely. First, are you holding the bulbs with bare hands? Remember not to touch the bulbs with your bare hands. Use a rubber glove, tissue or some sort of barrier because the oil from your hand is enough to break the bulb under high temperature. Second, have you checked the tail light circuit? Shorted circuit can cause the tail light to burn out prematurely. Third, is it the only problem? Check for other problems that may cause the bulbs to fail. Check the fuse, relay, and other connection.
Brake lights will not come on
Check the third-brake light. If it does not come on, check the switch, fuse or harness. If the third-brake lights work, the problem is not the switch. Check the fuse. If the fuse is good, check for broken wires. If both the brake lights work, but not the third-brake light, the fuse may be the problem. Perform the necessary repair, bulb or fuse replacement depending on the cause of the problem. Always check if the brake lights are working fine. If the fuse, switch, and harness are good, check the bulbs. Replace busted bulbs right away. Refer to the instructions above on how to remove the tail light assembly.