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Changing headlamp for 2000 nissan altima

I have never changed a headlamp for 2000 nissan altima and would like some instructions

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  • Anonymous Feb 21, 2009

    2000 Nissan Maxima Drivers Side Headlamp needs replacement. Can get it to come out!

  • lesliegunny Feb 28, 2009

    2000 altima headlamp on right hand side went out. i cannot get bulb out to replace new one

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I just replaced the driver's side headlamp on my 2000 nissan altima. The manual advises you to take it to a dealer or details a long process which involves removing the bumper protector -- none of this is necessary. I am not mechanically inclined and a coworker and I did it on a lunch break. Here's how:
1) Disconnect the battery by loosening the nuts that attach both the positive & negative contacts.
2) Once loose, slide off the contacts. At the base of the battery (closest to front of the car) there will be another nut that you'll need to remove (this loosens a clip which holds the battery in place)
3) Once loosened, lift out the battery which will enable you to see the headlamp connection.
4) There is a white plastic ring that attaches to the headlamp connection. Twist this to the left (about a quarter turn).
5) Once you have loosened the white ring, you should be able to gently pull out the headlamp assembly.
6) Remove the headlamp from the socket by pushing on the plastic arm which will release the lamp from the socket (sounds confusing, but once you have the piece in your hand it will make sense)
7) Insert the new lamp into the socket & slide assembly back into the hole. Note. There is a groove in the assembly which will align with a notch in the headlamp frame...you can see this by looking through from the front of the headlight cover on the outside of the car.
8) Replace the white ring and twist to the right to secure in place.
9) Replace the battery & bolt you remove.
10) Replace the positive & negative connectors (hint: don't forget to replace the plastic battery cover before you attach the connectors).

Hope this helps...let me know how you make out.

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

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I also just replaced the driver's side headlight on my 2000 Nissan Altima on my lunch break. I used Boss Rocco 5's post above as a guide. The instructions were quite helfpful. However, I found that you do not actually need to remove the battery, or at least I didn't have to for my car. There was just enough room to get the assembly out of there and push it around the corner to replace the bulb. The whole process probably only took about 10 minutes, and that was only because I had a little trouble with getting that little clip off the old bulb to remove it from the assembly. That was the hardest part. I bought the replacement bulb at Sears ($9.99 before tax; used bulb # 9007, based on what I read elsewhere online). The Sears guy said they would charge $25 to do the replacement, which is of course crazy seeing as the job would probably take 5 minutes max if I really knew what I was doing from the beginning.

While I was under the hood, I looked at the passenger side headlight, and that one definitely looks a little more complicated. The coolant reservoir is completely in the way, so it appears that would have to be removed to have enough room to replace that bulb.

Anyway, thanks Boss Rocco for the guidance.

Posted on Dec 04, 2009

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The passenger side is easy because the coolant reservoir is very easily moved out of the way. There is only the one 10mm bolt on an arm that holds the reservoir in place. Just remove that bolt and arm (or just slide the reservoir slightly to the right and it will disconnect from the arm itself- if you don't have a 10mm tool available - no tools are really needed here) and once that arm is no longer holding it in place, all you do is pull the reservoir up - and it will lift right out, it just has a plastic track that it slides into/out of; then just set it out of the way (still leave the hose connected to the radiator) and now you have plenty of room to access the bulb. Follow the instructions in the previous two posts - about the ring that holds the bulb assembly, etc.,

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  • Tracy Redmond Nov 02, 2012

    The passenger side is easy because the coolant reservoir is very easily moved out of the way. There is only the one 10mm bolt on an arm that holds the reservoir in place. Just remove that bolt and arm (or just slide the reservoir slightly to the right and it will disconnect from the arm itself- if you don't have a 10mm tool available - no tools are really needed here) and once that arm is no longer holding it in place, all you do is pull the reservoir up - and it will lift right out, it just has a plastic track that it slides into/out of; then just set it out of the way (still leave the hose connected to the radiator) and now you have plenty of room to access the bulb. Follow the instructions in the previous two posts - about the ring that holds the bulb assembly, etc.,

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