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I have a 2003 Honda Element, the dash board lights dont light

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I have a 2003 Honda Element, the dash board lights don't light some of them.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Honda
Expert:  George H. replied 8 years ago.

Hello I will answer your question,


You can replace bulbs on the back of the instrument cluster.

Remove the drivers middle panel



then remove the cluster



The bulbs are 1/4 turn to remove


The bulbs should come from the dealer parts department, just use this diagram to show them which ones you will be replacing


If you have more questions please ask


Thank you

Customer: replied 8 years ago.


As I knew where to go to remove the instrument panel, and also the bulbs should come from the dealer for replacement in the cluster.


At some points of driving the lites relite in some areas, not sure if it is all burn't bulbs, might be short in the electric hook up ?

Expert:  George H. replied 8 years ago.

Are the bulb contacts seated fully? If they have been removed and reinstalled you may have a poor contact there. What areas do you have an issue with. Does the backlighting for the LCD portion work correctly?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.


The RPM (on left) is fully lite; the Odometer (Middle) is totally Dark execpt the 143,800.3 miles at bottom is lite; the right is Dark (showing P for Park, D for Drive, R for reverse)

I don't know what you are referring to as " back lite " ???

Expert:  George H. replied 8 years ago.

The LCD display is created with the liquid crystals blocking light from a white background. The white background is created with a light bulb on a white surface that is on whenever the LCD display is. If the bulb is off the display is dark.


Try this test

Ignition switch off

  • Push and hold the trip/reset button.
  • Turn the headlights ON.
  • Turn the ignition switch ON (II).
  • Within 5 sec. , turn the headlights OFF, then ON and OFF again.
  • Within the next 5 sec. , release the trip/reset button, then push and release the button three times

    Has the gauge cluster been removed? Does the fuel gauge light?


    Check fuse #10 a brown 7.5A in the underdash fuse block






    Let me know what you see on the dash when you run the self test from above