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2003 Honda element RPM Gauge Dark

The RPM gauge and half the tachometer gauge numbers do not light when the lights are turned on. I have checked fuse 10 to see if it was blown, but it was intact. I also did the recommended reset when you hold the trip Reset button and turn the lights on and of. All my symbols on the gauge lit up letting me know the reset worked, however the numbers on both dials remains dark. Anyone know what it could be?

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Yep.. it's the digital driver IC (integrated circuit).

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1st check the #4 fuse (10A) and #10 fuse (7.5A) on the 'under-dash' fuse block.
then #9 fuse (10A) on the 'engine bay' fuse block.

if the fuses are good, the gauge assembly has has "self-diagnostic" feature.

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. While in the self-diagnosis mode, the dash lights brightness controller operates normally.
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Ending the Self-diagnosis Function:
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Note: lf the vehicle speed exceeds 1 .2 mph (2 km/h), the self-diagnosis function ends.
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If everything works correctly during the check, check your VSS (vehicle speed sensor)



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