Tailgate Light on Dash May Filcker on Honda CR-V

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.

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Average mileage: 98,789 (10,000–204,000)
6 model years affected: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, more2006, 2008
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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.
2004 Honda CR-V 53,000 mi,
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
2002 Honda CR-V 95,000 mi,
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.
2006 Honda CR-V 77,831 mi,
Rear dome light and dashboard light flicker telling me that the tailgate is open.
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!
2005 Honda CR-V 190,000 mi,
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.
2006 Honda CR-V 84,500 mi,
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
2002 Honda CR-V 125,000 mi,
rear door light flickers on the dash
2006 Honda CR-V 121,000 mi,
The top-left and bottom screws on the rear latch had become loose. I just tightened them up with a screwdriver and the light is now not flashing on and off.
2006 Honda CR-V 66,000 mi,
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.
2005 Honda CR-V 97,000 mi,
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
2005 Honda CR-V 150,000 mi,
Tailgate light, dash light, alarm all come on erratically, and interior light doesn't work.
I had the same problem the back hatch sensor was intermittently showing that the back hatch was open. I put a small piece of weather stripping I found around the house on the black L-shaped piece. Problem Solved.
2006 Honda CR-V 150,000 mi,
Tailgate light flickers or is on steady. Adjusted light sensor position.
2002 Honda CR-V 57,000 mi,
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!
2005 Honda CR-V 64,800 mi,
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.
2006 Honda CR-V 100,000 mi,
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
2008 Honda CR-V 77,000 mi,
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.
2006 Honda CR-V 130,000 mi,
tailgate light on the dash to flicker when driving
2006 Honda CR-V 198,509 mi,
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.