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1.) Pop the hood to your Nissan. The headlight assemblies are only accessible from the engine compartment. 2.) Clear the area behind the bulb you are replacing. If you are replacing the passenger side bulb, you will need to remove the radiator overflow bottle. The bottle will unhook from its connective tube by pulling it toward the front of the car and up from the ground. If you are replacing the driver's side bulb, you may need to remove the battery. You will do this by unscrewing the positive (red) and negative (black) terminals that connect the battery to the engine, and then lifting the battery straight out of its housing. 3.) Remove the electrical connection on the back of each headlight assembly. This will be a bundle of wires with a wide plug sticking into the back of the assembly. 4.) Unlatch the plastic clip holding the headlight assembly case in place. 5.) Pry the small metal clip holding the bulb using your fingers or a screwdriver. Be careful not to bend, break or damage the clip or the bulb. 6.) Insert the replacement bulb into the headlight socket and reattach the metal clip that holds the bulb in place. 7.) Relatch the plastic clip holding the headlight assembly case in place. 8.) Reconnect the electrical connection to the back of the headlight assembly. 9.) Replace the radiator overflow bottle or the battery, depending on which bulb you replaced.
Open the hood. Locate the two 10 mm coolant
reservoir retaining bolts on the passenger side of the vehicle and then
remove them using the ratchet and socket.
Remove the 10 mm bracket retaining bolt using the ratchet and socket. Remove the bracket.
Position the coolant reservoir out of the way to gain access to backside of the headlight assembly.
Turn the large plastic headlight cover counterclockwise to remove it from the back of the headlight assembly. Remove the cover.
Disconnect the wire harness clips from the headlight blades by pulling them off.
Press in and then upward on the headlight retaining ring holding the headlight bulb in place. Remove the bulb.
the new composite headlight into place without touching the glass bulb.
Skin oils will greatly reduce and compromise the longevity of a halogen
the retaining ring to secure the headlight into the headlight assembly.
Plug the wire harness onto the blade of the headlight and test for
function. Reassemble the remaining components by reversing the
If you need to change the headlight bulb on the driver’s side, remove the air intake cover (see below.)
Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by pulling the connector straight back.
Remove the rubber weather seal by pulling on the tab.
Unclip the end of the hold-down wire from its slot. Pivot it out of the way and remove the bulb.
Insert the new bulb into the hole, making sure the tabs are in their slots. Pivot the hold-down wire back in place and clip the end into the slot.
Install the rubber seal over the back of the headlight assembly. Make sure it is right side up; it is marked TOP.
Push the electrical connector onto the new bulb.
Turn on the headlights to test the new bulb.
(Driver’s side) Reinstall the air intake cover.
If you are working on the driver’s side:Remove the two pins holding the air intake cover by pulling the head on each pin (careful, I think these are the kind of heads that do not come all the way out, but only far enough so the pin can be removed) . Remove the air intake cover.
Okay, 1999 Honda Civic, Headlight (Driver Side). If you haven't fixed this or just wanna know, this is what you have to do.
The power steering pump is in the way of you getting to the bulb. You will need to remove the back tube of the power steering reservoir, the one closest to the cabin of the car. Plug this tube with a rag, quickly as fluid starts flowing immediately. Pull the res up and out of the holder it sits in. Now on to the light. Grab a hold of the black plastic clip (with wires) on the sides, and pull the electronic clip out of the light. Gently pull the rubber tabs for the weather guards, and you should now see your old bulb. There is a metal clip that holds the bulb in place, gently release this metal clip, being careful to keep it in place. Makes the job easier when you put it together. Your old bulb can now be easily pulled out. I take the bulb at this point and plug it into the clip and test the lights. This assures me that the bulb is busted and a bigger job isn't ahead of me. Once confirmed, I place the new bulb in the headlight bezel, careful to not touch glass. Clip the metal hold down clip back in place. Put the Rubber grommet back in place, clip on the electrical wire clip. Test the headlight. Put power steering tubes back in place, place the res back on the holder, and done. The book and this site: http://www.andrewdothay.net/blog/2007/11/24/1998HondaCivicHeadlightReplacement.aspx helped me a lot!
glad you asked , its like a saftey pin , you push in on the lower side of that paper clip looking device , as you push in , move it side ways to the left or the right , depending on how your looking at it , its real dumb , just like a saftey pin . by the way there is a recall on the 2002 , 2003 altima headlights , if you see burnt connectors , or crumbly plastic were the actual bulb inserts into the light assembly , take it to nissan , under the headlight campaign , more often they will replace both headlight assemblies , all nice and new and clear . 2 thumbs up !
If you just want to replace the bulb yourself, this is a good website.
http://www.paulstravelpictures.com/Nissan-Altima-Headlight-Bulb/Nissan-Altima-Passenger-Side-Headlight.htm If the website does't get your headlight fixed... You might have a blown fuse. It could be in the IPDM E/R location under the hood. This is next to the coolant bottle. Remove the coolant bottle with two screws and lift the cover to the IPDM E/R. Just set the coolant bottle aside for now. The low beam fuses are 49 and 50. They are 15A fuses. To be more precise, they are located on row 2, columns 2 and 3 (column 1 being closest to the fender of the car). Hope this helps.
if this is the kind im thinking of, the spring clip you released holds the bulb into the housing. there should be tabs on the bulb which match the housing. bulb has to be in sraight and can be resecured by folding spring clip over bulb. you should see how it clips on to housing. then can reconnect the wire connector. this can be tricky, be patient and make sure the bulb itself is clean. good luck
when you got the spark chances are you shorted the receptacle for the bulb on the low side you should check the fuse for this . the drivers side low beam worked before so i would say you blew the fuse. on the passenger side check for broken ,frayed ,or loose wires in the light harness and the plugs them selves chances are you will find a short in them. please rate this solution