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How to Replace Tail Light Bulbs 03-08 Honda Element

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How to Replace Tail Light Bulbs 03-08 Honda Element

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to replace the tail light bulbs on 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
  2. step 2 :Servicing the Bulbs
    • Remove the bulb sockets by turning them counterclockwise
    • Pull the bulb straight off of the socket
    • With gloves, press the new bulb straight on to the socket
    • Turn the socket clockwise
    • Reverse light is a 921 bulb
    • Running lights are a 7443 bulb
    • Turn signal lights are a 7440 amber bulb
  3. step 3 :Installing the Tail Light
    • Press the bulb wires into the clip on the tail light
    • 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 from 1A Auto. Today, we're going to be working on a '06 Honda Element, and I'm going to show you how to take the tail light out and change your bulbs. If you need any parts for your car, click on the link below and head on over to

You open up the tailgate to access the rear. The mounting bolts are located here. The two mounting bolts here are 8 mm socket. We're going to take those right out.

Now, with firm hands, you're going to grab it down here on the bottom, and right here and you're just going to pull it towards you. Hope we don't find the resident of that. I'm looking. No surprises.

Now we're going to disconnect the electrical connectors, and that's these plastic ears right here. I'm going to fish the harness through, and I'm going to turn this bulb socket. The reverse light is a 921 bulb, and you just line the prongs up, push it in.

Here we have the stop or running lights, and this bulb--see the black soot on it? It's because one of the filaments is burnt out. You just pull on it firmly, so just grab it and pull it out firmly from the pigtail. 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.

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.

I'm going to put in the brake light/running lights first. I'm going to 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 slotted 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.

Then the last bulb is the turn signal bulb. That is another like triangle oval shape. I'm going to line up those tabs and turn that clockwise. Once they're all locked in, I'm going to run these wires back the way they had them.

Let's guide this plastic push pin right in this spot and make sure we're over the lip. 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. Then put the bottom bolt in. Once it bottoms out, I'm just going to give it a quarter turn. It is plastic, it could 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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