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Nissan Maxima Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out courtesy step light bulb in the door panel of a 2016, 2017 or 2018 Nissan Maxima sedan.

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2016 Maxima Door Panel
Courtesy Step Light Housing

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the eighth generation (2016, 2017, 2018 and maybe also the 2019 and 2020 model years) Nissan Maxima sports sedan in changing a burnt out courtesy step light bulb located at the bottom of the interior plastic interior door panel.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Altima, Juke, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Murano, Xterra, Pathfinder, Sentra, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, Kicks, NV, NV200, G25, G37, M35 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 194. You can also use a brighter 194 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulb is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

Gently Pry Out Housing
Light Housing Removed
The first two steps are to open the door and then move to the bottom edge of the plastic interior door panel.

To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to either cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin microfiber cloth or instead use a plastic pry bar tool.

Gently insert the blade of the screwdriver in between the top edge of the light housing and the door panel.

Carefully pry out the light housing.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The light housing should pop out relatively easily.

Remove the light housing from the door panel.

Push In Release Tab
Power Plug Disconnected
Gently push in the release button on the white plastic electrical connector before sliding the plug straight out of its socket.
Old Bulb In Socket
Push Bulb Out of Socket
Use the small flathead screwdriver to gently push the base of the old light bulb straight out of the socket.
Old Light Bulb Removed
OEM HT D4 194K Bulb
The original light bulb in this 2016 Maxima was an HT D4 194K.


Push In New Light Bulb
Push In Connector
Push a new miniature wedge base # 194 light bulb straight into the socket.

If you'd like to have brighter courtesy step lights, replace the bulbs with brighter 194 LED units.

Push the white plastic power plug straight into its socket on the light housing.

Line Up Light Housing
Gently Pop In Light Housing
Line up the light housing with the opening in the bottom of the door panel.

Gently snap the light housing back into place.

Light Housing Replaced
Test New Light Bulb
Double check that the light housing is securely attached to the door panel.

To test the new courtesy step light bulb, open and close the door or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to re-activate the interior lights.

Be sure to record the light bulb change in your car's service records.

Please check out all of my 2016-2018 Nissan Maxima DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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