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Nissan Maxima Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out fog light bulb in the front bumper of an 8th generation 2016, 2017 and 2018 Nissan Maxima.

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2016 Maxima Fog Lights
Raise Front of Car
Under Front Bumper Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the eighth generation (2016, 2017, 2018 and probably also the 2019 and 2020 model years) Nissan Maxima sports sedan in changing a burnt out fog light bulb in the front bumper cover.

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 halogen fog light bulb part number is H16.

The tools needed to access and change the light bulbs include a Phillips head screwdriver and a small flathead screwdriver.

Remove Phillips Screws
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Loosen Counterclockwise
For easier access to the fog light bulbs, I recommend raising the front of the car with a floor jack and securely supporting it with at least two jack stands.

You could also use automotive ramps.

If you aren't able to raise the front of the car, you will need a short stubby Phillips head screwdriver.

Move to the side of the car with the burnt out fog light bulb.

Remove the screws located on the black plastic panel on the underside of the bumper cover near the fog light housing by turning them in the counterclockwise direction.

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Remove Pop Rivet
Set the screws aside in a safe place.

Remove the plastic pop rivet by first prying out the center part and then pry out the base of the fastener with a flathead screwdriver.

5 Screws - 1 Pop Rivet
Pull Open Plastic Panel
Remove Three Screws
There are also three screws that secure the painted front bumper cover to the black plastic under engine panel.
Bumper Cover Screws
Loosen Counterclockwise
8 Screws & 1 Pop Rivet
Remove the screws by turning them in the counterclockwise direction.

Set the three screws aside with the other fasteners.


Pull Down Plastic Panel
Base of Old Light Bulb
Pull Back Tab - Disconnect
Gently pull the black plastic panel out of the painted front bumper cover.

Hold the black plastic panel open to access the two fog light bulbs.

(Each fog light housing contains two fog light bulbs. So there are four total fog lights in a Maxima.)

Gently pull back the black plastic release tab on the electrical connector before pulling it straight down off the base of the old light bulb.

Old Light Bulb Removed
Osram H16 12V 19W
Empty Bulb Housing
Rotate the base of the old light bulb 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.

The OEM light bulb in this 2016 Maxima was an Osram H16 12 volt 19 watts halogen bulb.

Insert New Light Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push On Power Plug
Avoid touching the glass part of the new 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 and rubbing alcohol.

Install the new H16 light bulb into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it into place.

If you would like to have brighter fog lights, there are H16 LED light bulbs available.

Push the electrical connector straight on to the base of the new bulb until it clicks securely into place.

Replace Pop Rivet
Replace Eight Screws
Test New Fog Light Bulbs
Push the black plastic under engine cover back into the front bumper cover.

Replace the screws by turning them in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Push the pop rivet back into place and then push in the center piece to secure it.

Double check that you have secured all of the screws and fasteners.

To test the new light bulbs, turn on the headlights and activate the fog lights switch.

Be sure to record the 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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