Honda CR-V Problem Report
Honda CR-V Tailgate Light on Dash May Filcker
A maladjusted tailgate or tailgate switch can cause the rear tailgate light on the dash to flicker when driving. Adjusting the door and or switch will address this concern.
I had this same problem after a long trip. The fix was very simple actually. I noticed the screw on the rear latch had worked it's way loose. I fixed it with a simple Phillips Head screw driver and just tightened it up. - msbellamy
Rear hatch light flickers when driving. Cannot lock doors with key fob due to "mistaken" rear hatch window open. Must use key to lock doors because of this problem - Visitor
We bought the car used and everything worked fine. Just yesterday the tail "idiot" light would not go off. We discovered that it would go off if the latch was pushed in all the way. Then we noticed that the latch was sticky...like something had been taped to it. So we decided to try attaching little sponge-pads to it. (Bought at any department store or hardware store. We used the ones that are about the same circumference as a pencil eraser and about 1/8 of an inch thickness.) It took three of the little pads piled on each other to get the light to go off. I put a fourth on for good measure. But problem solved. None of the screws in the area of the latch were loose at all. I'm keeping a stash of these little pads in the door of the CR-V for future use as I expect they will fall off or get too squished eventually. - Visitor
same problem, dashboard red light on indicating rear hatchback door open...can't use remote lock button when light is on (have to insert key into lock to lock/unlock doors). Tried a little WD-40 to latch and hinge and will tighten all screws in latch area and hope for the best. Even though the light is on that it's open, after manually locking the car, the back door is locked. **** UPDATE ****IT WORKED!!!! I tighten all the screws around the silver U shaped latch, and even though only one screw tighten only a half a turn it must have been enough to realign the sensor that the hatch was closed because the light is OFF! Thanks to "msbellamy" (report #6 of this page) for your sound advise and for sharing it, so appreciate it. I'm sure his/her advise saved me a minimum of several hundred dollars! Also thank you internet for all the advise over the years, I'm sure it's saved me thousands! - jornise
rear door light flickers on the dash - Visitor
Rear dome light and dashboard light flicker telling me that the tailgate is open. - Visitor
There are two check-switches that the car reads. One in the flip-up window, and another on the left side of the side-opening door. Don't assume it's one and not the other. I did and spent an hour messing with the window switch before realizing that it was the door switch instead. The door switch is a sliding black piece that contacts the door when it closes. It's on the left side of the rear of the car. That is where the phillips head screw is that others have mentioned. - Visitor
Same problem with blinking light, happens more often uphill. Pressing the window doesn't make it blink, but if you press it down towards the ground, then it will light on. Will try to fasten the screws tomorrow. - Visitor
Can't lock doors with remote because tailgate sensor is on even though door is closed, not fixed yet. Sensor light flickers on/off when driving - Visitor
Tailgate light, dash light, alarm all come on erratically, and interior light doesn't work. - Visitor
We had the same problem with key fob not working because back hatch light was on, even though back door & hatch were closed. We also noticed the interior light above the back door stayed on. Tried tightening the screws, but that did not work. Then we stuck a small plastic bumper pad on the L-shaped switch, similar to the pads described by another visitor. Closed the back door and it worked to depress the switch, so that the open hatch light went off, and key fob would work again to lock the doors. Thanks so much for this solution! - Visitor
Just discovered that the rear hatch window won't lock. The cargo door will lock with the key fob, but not the window. This is causing the trunk open light to stay on in the dash. I also noticed that the cargo light on the ceiling stays on too (because the car thinks the door is open, even though it's not), so I had to turn it off to avoid running down the battery. I'm going to try the WD-40 trick and see if any lock screws need tightening. - Visitor
Hatch light on ,door closed, unable to lock car with remote .As sensor was not adjustable fitted some furniture pads to sensor all now cured - Visitor
This is happening again already had Honda shop fix it for a very pricey charge. It worked for about 6 months.. but doing it again.. going to try the sponge trick - Visitor
Hatch idot light flashes while driving. Can't use fob to lock the doors until I go to the hatch door, open it and close it. - Visitor
tailgate light on the dash to flicker when driving - Visitor
Tailgate light on dash flickers, causing power locking system not to work (manually or by key fob). Pushing in the latch at the back makes the light go off. Tightening the three screws on the door didn't help. Cut out adhesive sponge pads, to measure.. problem now resolved. - Visitor
Rear hatch light flickers or stays on and FOB will not work. - Visitor
Intermittent flashing of rear gate light on dash and rear dome light comes on like the door is open, but it is not. I have had the rear gate switch replaced and it still does it. We haven't figured out how to fix it! - ltrapp
Rear interior light over cargo area flickers while driving. Adjusted rear door pin with no resolve. Still does it... Very annoying at night! - Visitor
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