How To Change Headlight Bulbs on Nissan Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Nissan car was first produced in Nissan car. The Nissan car is a smaller truck that combines the usefulness of a pick-up with the affordability of a smaller vehicle. If you still own one of these trucks, you'll need to keep it well maintained to ensure it will not break down. Its maintenance can be costly if you need to bring it to a mechanic's garage for repairs. One repair that you can do yourself on the Nissan car is the replacement of a burned-out head light.

Under The Hood:

 How To Change Headlight Bulbs on Nissan Pathfinder

Park the Pathfinder on level pavement and turn the engine off. Open its hood.

Separate the negative battery cable from the battery; this is necessary to ensure your safety. Slightly loosen the metal nut on the side of the negative battery cable and pull it straight up to unhook it.

Locate the plug connected to the back of the headlamp. Grasp the end of it and pull it out of the bulb socket.

Rotate the plastic ring around the bulb socket counter clockwise until it comes off. Grasp the end of the bulb socket and pull it out. Discard the entire unit. The bulb has a built-in socket.

Insert the new headlight bulb into its place. Grab the plastic ring and apply it to the back of the socket. Twist it clockwise. Plug the connection into the back. Place the negative battery cable back on top of the battery post and tighten the nut.

Items you will need

  • Wrench or pliers

  • Gloves

  • Bulb 9007 or HB5

 How to Change Headlight Bulbs on a 2001 Altima

Center your steering wheel to straighten the front wheels. Turn the engine off. Pull the hood release and open the hood.

Unhook the negative cable from the battery with the pliers. Examine the area behind the headlight you want to replace. Remove the two nuts with a pair of pliers or a socket wrench. Inspect the top of the headlight case to find a bolt. Remove it with a socket wrench.

Remove the three Phillips-head screws from the bottom edge of the fender liner, and then remove the Phillips-head screw directly in front of the wheel. Pull the fender liner back to access the last headlight-case bolt. Remove it with a socket wrench.

Grasp the headlight case. Pull it forward to lift it from the Altima. On the rear, you'll find the electrical adapter attached to the headlight bulb. Press the tab on top and pull the adapter back to disconnect it.

Turn the bulb retainer counterclockwise to unscrew it. Behind the bulb retainer, you'll find the bulb. Pull the bulb straight out without turning.

Place the new bulb into the case, with the glass envelope facing forward. Only hold the bulb by its base. Don't touch the glass. Reconnect the bulb retainer. Turn it clockwise. Re-attach the electrical adapter.

Re-insert the headlight case. Tighten the two nuts behind it, and then tighten the top bolt. Access the fender well area again. Replace and tighten the final headlight bolt.

Move the fender liner back into position. Tighten the three Phillips-head screws along the bottom edge, and then tighten the inner Phillips-head screw.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • Socket wrench

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Bulb 9007

 How to Change A Headlight Bulb on The Nissan Frontier Pick-up

How to Change a Headlight Bulb on the Nissan Frontier Pick-up

Determine which bulb needs to be replaced by turning on the headlights and standing in front of the Frontier. Take note of the position of the bulb in the headlight assembly. Turn off the lights and remove the keys from the ignition. The manual may tell you to disconnect the battery, but this is not really necessary as long as someone doesn't turn the headlights on while you're replacing the bulb.

Open the hood and locate the headlight assembly you're going to be working on from behind. On some later-model Frontiers, it may be easier or necessary to remove some components to get your hand onto the back of the assembly and remove the old bulb. The driver's side headlight requires the removal of the air box. Unsnap the air box cover, remove the air filter, locate and remove the three 10-mm bolts at the bottom and manipulate the air box out of your way. The passenger side headlight may require removal of the battery or at least removal of the battery hold-down nut so you can tilt the battery to get your hands down behind the headlight assembly. If necessary, remove the battery hold-down nut and if you have to, remove the battery.

Locate the long plastic plug clamp that plugs into the back of the bad headlight. You need to press in the middle of this clamp to release the lock and unplug it. If you have a hard time pressing the middle in, use the flathead screwdriver to convince it. Unplug the wire from the back of the headlight once the lock is pressed in.

Turn the headlight retainer ring counterclockwise until it releases from the headlight assembly. Extract the ring and the old bulb.

Insert the new bulb into the headlight assembly and lock into place with the retainer ring. Do not touch the glass bulb of the new headlight. There is only one way the ring will fit into the assembly and when it does, turn it clockwise until it locks in.

Plug the plastic plug clamp back onto the socket of the new headlight. If you replaced the driver's side bulb, you should turn the headlights on to check now to make sure it's working before putting the air box back together. You would have to reconnect the battery first before trying to turn on the lights to check the passenger side bulb, but you should connect the battery terminals first, check the lights, and, if it works, reconnect the battery hold-down nut.

Replace the air box assembly or the battery and hold-down nut, remove the tools and old bulb. Close the hood.

Items you will need

  • 3/8-inch drive ratchet

  • 10- to 12-inch long 3/8-inch drive extension

  • Metric socket set

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Replacement bulb

 How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a 1998 Nissan Frontier

Park your Nissan Frontier on a flat and level surface. Turn the engine off and apply the parking brake, then pop the hood.

Check the back of the Nissan's headlight assembly: You will see a cable that connects the truck's electrical system to the headlight. This cable needs to be disconnected before you replace the bulb. Depress the plastic tabs on the side of the plug and pull it free.

Reach in and take hold of the burned-out light bulb. Depending of the size of your hand, you may need to pull the headlight assembly out a few inches to create some room. Twist the bulb to the left to loosen and remove it from the socket.

Place the new bulb in the socket and turn it to the right to lock it in place (make sure you don't touch the glass part of the bulb with your bare hands, as oild from your hand will cause the bulb to burn-out prematurely). Reconnect the cable and close the hood.

Turn on the headlights to test their proper functioning. If the replaced light does not come on, then you probably did not insert the bulb correctly. Repeat the above steps and turn the headlights back on.

Items you will need

  • Replacement bulb # 9004SU

 How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Nissan Altima

Take the keys out of the ignition and switch the headlights off. Then, open the hood using the primary and auxiliary release latches.

Use a socket wrench to remove the two 10mm bolts holding the coolant overflow bottle in place. Pull the bottle out of the engine compartment and set it on the ground (passenger's side bulb replacement only.)

Undo the bolt at the top of the air filter box, lift the top open and remove the filter from the engine compartment. Then, undo the fasteners holding the air dam in place and remove it from the filter box (driver's side bulb replacement only.)

Pull the entire air box out of the car to access the backside of the headlight assembly.

Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it from the assembly. Then, release the retaining spring, undo the electrical connector and carefully remove the old bulb from the socket.

Hold the new bulb by its plastic base and insert it into the socket. Reattach the electrical connector and replace the retaining spring.

Switch the headlights on to test the new bulb. If it works, reinstall the air box or coolant bottle and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • H11-55W and #H9-65W replacement bulbs (low- and high-beam bulbs for 2007 and later models)

  • H1-55W and #9005 replacement bulbs (low- and high-beam bulbs for 2002-2006 models)

 How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Nissan Sentra

Take the Sentra's keys out of the ignition and set the parking brake for added safety. Also, make sure the headlamp control is in the "OFF" position.

Open the hood using the primary and auxiliary release latches. Then, disconnect the battery cables.

Remove the battery and battery cover if you're replacing the driver's side headlight. If you're replacing the passenger's side headlight, leave them in place and continue to Step 4.

Disconnect the electrical connector from the back side of the bulb.

Loosen the old bulb by turning it counterclockwise and pull it out of the socket. Carefully dispose of the bulb so it doesn't crack or shatter.

Install the new bulb into the socket and reattach the electrical connector.

Start your Sentra's engine and test the headlights to make sure they work before closing the hood.

Items you will need

  • H13 (9008) replacement bulb

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