I just recently noticed that the glove box light of my 2003 EX stays on even when the glove box door is closed. I assume there is supposed to be a switch to turn the light off when the glove box is closed, but I can't see where the switch was/is. Perhaps the light has always been on and I just noticed it because it is now dark in the mornings during my daily commute. I drive with my headlights on even in daytime, so I suspect the light in the gb will not last long. Anyone else have this problem?
12-07-2004, 07:51 PM
There should be something extending out from the part of the glovebox where it attaches to the dash around the perimeter of the door. This thing should be pushed in when you closed the door to turn off the light, see if you can find it, and press it in to see if the light goes off.
12-08-2004, 07:51 AM
I believe on the '03's the glove box light is on if your headlights are on.
Thanks Princess. I believe you're right. I just checked and the glovebox light will not come on unless the headlights are on. Likewise, the glovebox light stays on when the headlights are on, whether the gb is open or closed. Pretty interesting behavior on a car with such a sophisticated panel lighting/dimming setup. I guess it was a cost cutting move. For those of us who drive with the headlights on for safety in daylight, that's a lot of extra hours on the bulb. But it must have a long life, because I've not had to replace it in 15 months, 21k miles of driving.
12-08-2004, 04:56 PM
i believe my 93 does that too...wonder if they all do that??? :confused:
12-08-2004, 05:08 PM
Well, their slogan used to be "we make it simple"..... connecting a bunch of the lights to the ones you NEED at night would be pretty simple....:dunno:
This is the third Honda Accord for me. We still have a '99 -- I checked the gb on it and it DOES have a switch for the light in it. However, the headlights must be on for the gb light to activate. My 1st Accord was an '86 and it is long gone, so I can't speak to how the gb light worked on it.
Either way I love my Hondas. Simple IS good.
12-09-2004, 09:54 AM
It's called decontenting. It saves a few pennies. Hopefully they continue this practice in areas that are not drivetrain related.
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12-09-2004, 11:10 AM
The ones with switches to turn them off would sometimes stay on due to a worn out switch or sticky one & run down the batteries.....this was their solution. Since normally you need a light when it's dark & you'd have your lights on....then it's on already when you open it to dig out that map, or whatever. I don't mind it at all! There were a few that needed the strip replaced, they were leaking light out & annoying the owners.:)