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Nissan Rogue Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a brake, rear turn signal, reverse or parking light bulb in a 2nd generation 2014-2018 Nissan Rogue.

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2016 Rogue Tail Lights
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Open Tailgate Door
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Four Bolts - Inner Edge

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2014, 2015, 2016 and the facelifted 2017 or 2018 model year Nissan Rogue SUV in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, reverse or the two parking bulbs in the tail light housings.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Murano, Altima, Titan, Versa, Sentra, Maxima, Leaf, 370Z, GT-R, Juke, Pathfinder, Armada, Patrol, Skyline, Cube, X-Trail, Xterra, Qashqai, Rogue Sport, NV200, NV400, Teana, Q50, Q70, Q60, QX30, QX50, QX56, QX60, QX70 and QX80 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement light bulbs part numbers are as follows: Brake # 7440 or W21W, Rear Turn Signal # 7440A (also WY21W or 7440NA), Reverse # 921 or W16W and two Parking Lights # 168.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a 10mm socket, a 1/4" drive ratchet and a plastic pry bar tool.

To replace the reverse or inner parking light, you'll also need an 8mm socket and an extension bar.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove 4th Bolt
The first two steps are to open the tailgate and move to the side of the SUV with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Locate the four bolts along the inner edge of the tail light housing.

Remove the four bolts by turning them counterclockwise with a 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

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Four 10mm Bolts
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Pry Off Plastic Trim Piece
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Plastic Pop Rivets
Set the four bolts aside in a safe place.

Use a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool to gently lift the glossy black plastic on the top inner edge of the tail light assembly.

The trim panel is held in place by three plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.

Set the trim piece aside in a safe place.

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Pry Outer Edge Housing
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Pull Off Tail Light Housing
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Turn Over - Bulb Sockets
The tail light housing is still held in place by two metal pegs or "spikes" inserted in to plastic grommets on the rear corner of the vehicle.

Use the plastic automotive panel removal tool to gently pry along the outer edge of the tail light housing.

Pull the tail light assembly straight off the rear of the SUV.

Turn over the housing to access the bulb sockets.

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Brake Light Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Bulb Socket Removed
The brake light bulb is located at the top of the tail light housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New # 7440 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 7440 (also known as part number W21W) light bulb straight in to the socket.

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

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Parking Light Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New # 168 Bulb
The small parking light bulb socket is located at the center of the tail light housing.

Rotate the 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 168 light bulb.

If you want to have brighter parking lights, choose a compatible 168 LED light bulb.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Re-insert the parking light bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The tan / white plastic rear turn signal light bulb socket is located at the bottom of the housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New 7440A Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Pull the old turn signal light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push in a new amber colored number 7440A (also known as part number 7440NA or WY21W) bulb straight in to the socket.

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

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Line Up Pegs & Grommets
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Push On Tail Light Housing
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Line Up Trim Cover
Line up the two metal pegs or "spikes" on the back side of the tail light housing with their corresponding plastic grommets on the rear corner of the SUV.

Push the tail light housing back in to place.



 

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Push On Trim Panel
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Replace Four Bolts
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Tighten Clockwise
Push the glossy black plastic trim piece back in to place over the inner edge of the tail light housing.

Re-insert the four 10mm bolts and tighten them in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the bolts to prevent from cracking the plastic inner edge of the housing.

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Reverse & Inner Parking
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Pry Off Tailgate Panel
The reverse light and second inner parking light are located in a separate housing attached to the tailgate door.

In order to access the reverse and inner parking light bulb sockets, you'll need to open the tailgate and remove the plastic interior panel.

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Gently Release Pop Rivets
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Tailgate Panel Removed
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Access Light Housing Nuts

Use the plastic pry bar tool to gently release the pop rivet friction fasteners all along the interior plastic panel on the tailgate.

Set the tailgate panel aside in a safe place.

Locate the three nuts that secure the reverse and parking light housing to the tailgate.

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Two Exposed Nuts
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3rd Nut - Hole In Plastic
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Two of the nuts are exposed and easy to spot.

The third nut can be accessed through a small cutout hole in the plastic.

Remove the three nuts by turning them counterclockwise with an 8mm socket, an extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

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8mm Nut Removed
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Remove Two Other Nuts
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Three 8mm Nuts Removed
Set the three 8mm nuts aside in a safe place.
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Reverse Light Housing
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Tap Bolt Ends - Loosen
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Pull Off Light Housing
If you have trouble pulling the light housing off the tailgate, try gently tapping on the exposed bolt ends to loosen it.

Pull off the light housing and turn it over to access the bulb sockets.

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Turn Over - Access Sockets
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
The larger reverse light bulb socket is located at the bottom of the housing.

Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Inner Parking Light
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Replace 168 Bulb
Pull the old reverse light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number 921 or W16W bulb.

If you want to have brighter reverse lights, choose a 921 LED bulb.

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

The smaller parking light bulb socket is located at the top of the tailgate light housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise to remove it. Pull out the old light bulb and push in a new # 168 bulb.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Line Up Bolt Ends & Holes
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Push On Light Housing
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Line up the bolt ends on the back side of the housing with their corresponding holes on the tailgate.

Push the light housing back in to place.

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Spin On 8mm Nuts
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Tighten Clockwise
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Three 8mm Nuts Tightened
Spin on the three 8mm nuts in the clockwise direction.

Tighten the three nuts until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the nuts to prevent from cracking the plastic housing.

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Line Up Tailgate Trim Panel
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Purple Pop Rivets
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Tap In Friction Fasteners
Line up the plastic interior tailgate panel and firmly tap in the pop rivets to secure it in place.
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Tailgate Panel Replaced
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Test Brake & Turn Signal
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Test Reverse & Parking
To test the new tail light bulbs, have an assistant step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out all of my 2014-2018 Nissan Rogue DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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