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Nissan Sentra Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in a 6th generation B16 2007 to 2012 Nissan Sentra sedan.

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2012 Sentra Dome Light
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Translucent Plastic Lens Cover
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Small Notch - Front Edge

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation "B16" (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) Nissan Sentra sedan in changing a burnt out dome light bulb.

Owners of other Nissan vehicles with similar dome light housings such as the Versa, Cube, Altima, Maxima, Leaf, Pathfinder, 370Z, Juke, Rogue, Xterra, Murano and Quest may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement "festoon" type bulb is part number DE3175 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA. You may also use a compatible LED unit from Cutequeen, Oracle Lighting or Zone Tech.

The only tool needed to change the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the plastic lens cover.

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Pry Out Lens Cover
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Pull Out Tabs On Rear
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Lens Cover Removed
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the front edge of the lens cover.

Gently pry out the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place.

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Old Bulb Exposed
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Pull Back Metal Contact
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Old # DE3175 Bulb
Pull back the flexible metal electrical contact on the right (passenger) side of the socket to release the old bulb.



 

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Empty Bulb Socket
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Insert New DE3175 Bulb
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Test New Dome Light Bulb
Insert a new # DE3175 festoon bulb in to the socket.

I'd recommend the Sylvania DE3175 Long Life light bulbs.

Test the new bulb by sliding the "On / Door / Off" switch to the "On" position.

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Re-Insert Rear Edge First
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Pop In Front Edge
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Slide Switch To "Door" Setting
Re-insert the tabs on the rear edge of the lens cover in to the housing first and then gently snap in the front edge.

Slide the switch to the "Door" position so that the dome light will turn on whenever a passenger door is opened.

For more, check out my other 2007-2012 Nissan Sentra Maintenance & Repair Guides.
 

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