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How to Replace Tail Light 03-08 Honda Element

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How to Replace Tail Light 03-08 Honda Element

Created on: 2018-12-13

How to install, repair, fix, change or replace a broken, damaged, burned out, cracked, faded, cloudy or chipped tail light / brake lighton 03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08 Honda Element

  1. step 1 :Removing the Tail Light
    • Remove the 8mm bolts from the tail light
    • Pull the tail light straight out
    • Remove the bulb sockets by turning them counterclockwise
  2. step 2 :Installing the Tail Light
    • Reverse light is a 921 bulb
    • Running lights are a 7443 bulb
    • Blinker lights are a 7440 amber bulb
    • For all bulbs, pull them straight off the socket to remove
    • Press the new bulb straight onto the socket to replace
    • Turn the socket clockwise to secure it
    • Press the tail light into place
    • Tighten the 8mm bolts to the tail light

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies


  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

Installation Video
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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. We've been selling auto parts for over 30 years.

Hi, everyone. Sue here at 1A Auto, and today we're going to show you on a '06 Honda Element how to remove and replace the taillight assembly. If you need this part or any other part for your car, click on the link below and head on over to

So you open up the tailgate to access the rear. The mounting bolts are located here. So, the two mounting bolts here are 8 millimeter socket. We're going to take those right out. Now with firm hands, we're going to grab it down here on the bottom, and right here, and you're just going to pull it towards you. I hope we don't find the resident of that. I'm looking. No surprises. So, now we're going to disconnect the electrical connectors, and that's these plastic ears right here, and then we're going to push the harness through. And I'm going to turn this bulb and socket.

Here we have our new taillight assembly from 1A Auto, and here is the factory one. And you can see they both have the backup clearance and the same mounting mechanism. Look at the curve to it. It has the same design on the back. You just have to transfer over the sockets, and that's easy enough. This one even has a vent. That has a cap on it. So, if you need this part, or any other part for your car, click on the link below and head on over to

The reverse light is a 921 bulb, and you just line the prongs up and push it in. So, here we have the stop or running lights, and this bulb has got a... see the black soot on it? It's because one of the filaments is burnt out. So you just pull on it firmly. So, just grab it, pull it out firmly from the pigtail, and that is a 7443 bulb, and I have a replacement. See how it's all clear? There's no darkness to it. I'm just going to grab that, and line up the tabs and push it in. And here we have the turn signal bulb. It is an amber bulb, and it's a 7440. And that is the same way. Line the tabs up and push it back in.

So, now we're going to install the new taillight assembly. And we're going to put in the brake light/running lights first. I'll line up the tab. It's an oval shape. Look at that. I've never quite seen one of those. It's got an oval shape to it, and some slight of tab. There we go. And turn clockwise. Here we have the reverse light. It's got three ear tabs to it. Line those up, and turn clockwise. And then the last bulb is the turn signal bulb, that is another, like a triangle oval shape. You'll line up those tabs. Turn that clockwise. It's all locked in. I'm going to run these wires back the way they had them. Perfect. Let's guide this plastic push pin right in the spot. Make sure we're over the lip. So, it doesn't snap in. It just holds it there. I've got two mounting screws. I'm just going to snug it up. Make sure it's holding it, and then put the bottom bolt in. Once it bottoms out, I'm just going to give it a quarter turn. It is plastic. It can snap if you over-tighten it.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Gloves

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket

2003 - 2006  Honda  Element
2007 - 2008  Honda  Element
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