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Nissan Sentra Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out low beam, high beam or front turn signal in a 7th generation 2013 to 2015 Nissan Sentra.

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2014 Sentra Headlight
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Black Plastic Cover
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Remove Driver Side Bolt

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the seventh generation (2013, 2014, 2015 and maybe also the refreshed 2016 and 2017 model years) Nissan Sentra sedan in changing a burnt out low beam, high beam, front turn signal or side marker light bulb in the headlight housings.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Pathfinder, Murano, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The replacement light bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Low Beam # H11, High Beam # H9, Front Turn Signal # 7442NA (or 7444NA) and Side Marker # 194.

The tools needed to access and replace the headlight bulbs include a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench and a flathead screwdriver.

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Pull Out Pop Rivet Fastener
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Passenger Side 10mm Bolt
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10mm Bolt Removed
The first step is to open the hood.

In order to access the rear of the headlight housings and the light bulbs, you'll need to remove the large black plastic panel that covers the front of the engine bay. It is referred to as the "radiator shroud" or radiator cover.

Remove the single 10mm bolt on the driver side and also the passenger side of the panel by rotating them counterclockwise.

Set the two 10mm bolts aside in a safe place.

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Far Driver Side Rivet
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Pop Rivet Removed
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Pop Rivet Near Middle
Then you will need to remove 14 black plastic pop rivets spread across the panel.

Gently pry up the center part of each fastener before pulling out the base of the fastener.

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Fastener Removed
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Front Edge Fastener
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14 Pop Rivets & 2 Bolts
Set the 14 pop rivet fasteners aside with the two bolts.
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Pull Off Radiator Cover
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Engine Bay Panel Removed
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Passenger Side Headlight
Gently lift the plastic trim panel off the front of the engine bay.

Set the radiator cover aside in a safe place.

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Black Plastic Dust Cap
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Low Beam Bulb Cover
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
The Low Beam headlight bulb is located near the center of the headlight assembly.

Reach in behind the headlight and rotate the black plastic dust cover 1/4 turn counterclockwise before removing it.

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Dust Cap Removed
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Base of Old Low Beam Bulb
Set the dust cap aside in a safe place.
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Gently Pull Back Clip
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Slide Off Power Plug
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1/4  Turn Counterclockwise
Gently pull back the retaining clip on the electrical connector before sliding the plug straight off the base of the old low beam bulb.

Rotate the base of the old low beam bulb 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

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Low Beam Bulb Removed
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Osram # H11 Halogen
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Empty Bulb Housing
Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay.

If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with a paper towel moistened with rubbing alcohol.

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Insert New H11 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Push On Power Plug
Insert the new number H11 low beam bulb in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Push the power plug straight on to the base of the new low beam bulb until it clicks securely in to place.

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Replace Dust Cap
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High Beam - Inner Corner
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Black Plastic Dust Cap
Spin on the round black plastic dust cover 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place over the low beam bulb housing.

The High Beam light bulb is located near the inner part of the headlight housing.

Reach in behind the high beam and remove the black plastic dust cap by rotating it 1/4 turn counterclockwise.



 

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Dust Cover Removed
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Base of Old High Beam

Set the dust cover aside in a safe place.

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Gently Pull Back Clip
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Retaining Clip Released
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Electrical Connector Removed
Gently pull back the retaining clip on the electrical connector before sliding it straight off the base of the old high beam bulb.
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Old High Beam Bulb
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Osram H9 Halogen Bulb
Rotate the base of the old high beam bulb 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.
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Empty Bulb Housing
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Insert New # H9 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay.

A dirty halogen bulb will have a shorter useful life. If you do get the bulb dirty, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

I found it easier to push the power plug on to the base of the new high beam bulb and then insert it in to the housing.

Install the new high beam bulb in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Replace Dust Cover
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Dust Cap Replaced
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Turn Signal - Inner Corner
Spin on the dust cover 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure it in place.

The Front Turn Signal light bulb is located at the inner corner of the headlight assembly.

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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Turn Signal
Rotate the long plastic handle on the turn signal light bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number 7444NA or 7442NA bulb.

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Push In New 7444NA
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Side Marker - Outer Edge
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The Front Side Marker bulb is located at the outer edge of the headlight housing.

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Side Marker Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Rotate the base of the side marker bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and remove it from the housing.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number 194 bulb.

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Push In New # 194 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Test New Headlight Bulbs
Re-insert the side marker bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Lower the black plastic radiator cover back in to place. Replace the two 10mm bolts and the 14 pop rivets.

Test the new light bulbs by turning on the headlights, flashing the high beams and activating the hazard signals.

For more, check out my other 2013-2015 Nissan Sentra DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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