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Nissan Sentra Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a B16 6th generation 2007 to 2012 Nissan Sentra.

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2012 Sentra Map Lights
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Translucent Plastic Lens Cover
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Gently Pry Out Lens Cover

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 map light bulb in the overhead console or replacing both bulbs with brighter LED units.

Owners of other Nissan vehicles with similar map 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 bulb is part number 168 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko, Wagner and PIAA. If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 194, W5W or 2825.

The tools needed to replace the bulbs include a small flathead screwdriver and a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

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Lens Cover Removed
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Bulbs & Screw Exposed
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Loosen Phillips Head Screw
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of the screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Carefully insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the front edge of the translucent plastic lens cover.

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

Remove the single screw located in between the two map lights by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Phillips Head Screw Removed
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Pull Out Overhead Console
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Back Side of Console
Set the screw aside with the lens cover.

Gently pull down the front edge of the overhead console and remove it from the headliner.

Turn over the console and locate the two round black plastic bulb sockets.

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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Bulb Socket Removed
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Pull Out Old Bulb
Rotate the base of the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 168 bulb.

I recommend using the Sylvania 168LL long life light bulbs.



 

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Push In New # 168 Bulb
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Re-Insert Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # W5W, 2825 or 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Socket Locked In Place
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Press Button - Test New Bulb
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Re-Insert Tabs On Rear Edge
Press the "On/Off" button to test the new light bulb(s).

Re-insert the plastic tabs on the rear of the overhead console in to the headliner first.

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Pop In Front Edge
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Tighten Screw Clockwise
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Re-Insert Tabs On Rear Edge
Then gently pop in the front edge of the console.

Tighten the Phillips head screw in the clockwise direction.

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Gently Snap In Front Edge
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Lens Cover Replaced
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Testing New Map Light Bulbs
Re-insert the tabs on the rear edge of the lens cover in to the housing first and then gently pop in the front edge.

Test the new map light bulbs by pressing the "On/Off" button.

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

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