Honda Fit & Light: 10 Questions Answered (For Newbies)

Small cars don’t get better than the Honda Fit.

This tiny subcompact is the perfect vehicle for budget buyers looking for an utilitarian and affordable vehicle.

New owners tend to have many questions related to the lighting system on the Honda Fit.

We will answer common light-related questions about the Honda Fit and give some helpful information along the way.

Let’s go!

Which Light Bulbs Sizes and Types Do Honda Fit Use?

Below are details of the bulb types and sizes on the Honda Fit:

  1. 2007-2014 Honda Fits use a 9003 bulb for both low beams and high beams. The models use a 7443 bulb type for the taillight.
  2. 2015-2021 Honda Fits also use a 9003 bulb for the low beam headlights and high beam headlights. A 7443 bulb powers the taillight assembly.

Check here for the prices of Honda Fit light bulbs on Amazon

How to Turn Off Daytime Running Lights on a Honda Fit

Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) are meant to keep you safe on roads by making you visible to other drivers.

Indeed, some drivers say their DRLs saved them from collisions with other vehicles.

However, DRLs can be problematic.

They draw extra power, increasing fuel consumption. The bright glare from DRLs can also blind other drivers and make roads unsafe.

For these reasons, some drivers prefer to disable their DRLs.

To disable the DRLs on your Honda Fit, disconnect the DRL module. It’s under the steering, slightly above the pedals. 

Honda Fit Light indicator Symbols Explained

The dash on your Honda Light displays several symbols, which inform you of the car’s current condition.

These lights can be confusing, so we have this guide to help you understand the Honda Fit light indicator symbols:

  • Tire Pressure Light: Displays when one or more tires on your Fit are under-inflated. You should check the air pressure in your tires if this light appears on your dash.
  • Low Oil Pressure Light: Indicates that your engine has little oil left. If it stays on even if the oil in your engine is enough, then the sensor is bad.
  • Charging System Light: Shows that your charging system or battery is malfunctioning.
  • Low Fuel Light: Appears on the dashboard if you have only a small amount of fuel left in your tank. Fueling up should make this light disappear.
  • Check Engine Light: Illuminates to warn you of a severe problem with your engine. Stop driving if you see this light and call for assistance, or the engine may suffer more damage.
  • Seatbelt Reminder Light: Blinks if passengers are yet to use seatbelts on the Fit.
  • Supplemental Restraint System Light: Indicates that the car’s restraint system has a fault. If this symbol stays on, it’s likely your airbags won’t work in an accident.
  • Power Steering Light: Displays as a warning that your power steering system has a problem.
  • Blind Spot Warning Light: Appears when you have vehicles beside you. The blinking light will appear on either of the side mirrors, depending on the location of the other vehicle.
  • Brake System Light: Indicates that the brake fluid on your Fit vehicle is extremely low. A malfunctioning brake system will also trigger this indicator.
  • Maintenance Minder Light: Shows that your Fit is due for scheduled maintenance activity.
  • Parking Brake Light: Blinks to remind you that your parking brake is on; remember to switch it off before driving.
  • Immobilizer Light: Indicates that your Fit cannot recognize your key or remote transmitter. You may be unable to start your vehicle if the light stays on.

Note: This is not a complete listing of all the light indicators on the Honda Fit. Look through your service manual for the meaning of other dashboard lights, or just look them up online.

How Do You Adjust the Light on a Honda Fit?

Your headlights must be aimed properly, or else they won’t be effective. You can correct the aim of your Fit’s headlights by adjusting them.

As with other Honda models, the Fit has two adjusters used to tweak the headlights.

One is near the radiator, while the other is on the outermost part of the headlight assembly.

Both are on the back of the headlight assembly, under the hood.

To adjust the headlights, insert a screwdriver into the adjuster’s slot and turn the screw.

You can either raise or lower the headlights or move them sideways.

Make sure the headlights are active and facing a wall, with someone sitting in the vehicle. Then, using the beam projected on the wall, adjust the headlights until their aim is correct.

Please also check our article about where Honda Fits are made

How Does the Auto Light Sensitivity Work?

The automatic headlights on your Fit usually come on when ambient light is low, i.e., when it’s dark.

However, the Auto Light Sensitivity feature allows you to control the sensitivity level of the headlight sensors.

Most Honda Fits offer up to five sensitivity settings, including “Low” and “High”. Your sensor’s level of sensitivity will determine how the auto lights come on and off.

For example, high sensitivity means your headlights will come once it starts getting dark.

So, don’t be surprised if the lights switch on in the late evening, even if the darkness is minimal.

Make sure to also read our article about how long Honda Fit lasts

What Can Cause the Drive Light to Blink?

The Drive Light on your Honda Fit will blink when you have a malfunctioning transmission.

Here are some transmission-related problems that may be responsible for your blinking Drive light:

  1. Blocked strainer/orifice
  2. Inadequate transmission fluid
  3. Defective binding mechanism
  4. Broken transmission speed sensor

Can I Use Headlight Covers on a Fit?

Headlight covers are useful for shielding your Fit’s headlights from damage and dirt.

But you must be sure they are legal in your state before buying them.

Headlight covers are tinted, and may affect projection of headlights.

Some states have laws guiding the projection of headlights, making headlight covers illegal.

You can use headlight covers on your Fit so long as they are permitted. Or else buy a cleaning kit to keep your headlights clean.

Also read our article about the Honda Fit in snow and winter driving.

The Dome/Interior Light Isn’t Working

When the dome light doesn’t work, your dome light bulb may need replacement.

However, a loose mounting screw or loose dome light switch may well be the cause of your malfunctioning dome light.

Other problems within the dome light unit can also affect the dome light’s functioning. Examples include missing mount screws or a defective fuse.

To fix this issue, check if the mounting screws are complete and securely fitted.

Also, inspect the dome light switch and fuse and fix any issues they have. If it’s really bad, you might have to buy a new dome light unit.

Do Honda Fit Have LED Lights?

LED headlights are modern headlights that boast more visibility than normal halogen bulbs. This is why they are considered a must-have for driving safety.

Fortunately, Honda has made Fits available with LED lighting since it started manufacturing them in 2007.

Thus, it’s not surprising that the Fit has impressive safety ratings.

The Lights Come on But the Car Won’t Start

On occasions, the lights will flicker when you crank the starter—but the car will refuse to start.

This can be quite disturbing, but we know what might cause the problem:

  1. The starter needs replacement
  2. Faulty ignition system
  3. Faulty electrical system (bad battery, bad alternator)
  4. Blown fuse
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