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Nissan Rogue Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change the brake, turn signal and reverse bulbs in the tail light assemblies of a 2008-2013 Nissan Rogue SUV.

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2011 Rogue Tail Light
Open Cargo Liftgate
Loosen 10mm Screw

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 1st generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013) Nissan Rogue in changing a burnt out brake, turn signal or reverse bulb in the tail light assemblies.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Cube, Sentra, Altima, LEAF, Maxima, Juke, Murano, Xterra, Pathfinder, Armada, Quest, Frontier, Titan, 370Z, G37, M37, EX37, FX37, JX35, and QX56 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Brake / Parking Light # 7443, Rear Turn Signal # 7440, and Reverse # 921.

To change the brake or turn signal, you'll need a 10mm socket with ratcheting wrench. Changing the reverse bulb requires a flathead screwdriver, and a deep well 10mm socket with a ratcheting wrench (or pliers).

10mm Screw Removed
Pull Off Tail Light Housing
Turn Over Housing
The first two steps are to open the rear cargo liftgate and move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Remove the single screw on the edge of the tail light housing that was hidden by the liftgate with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench by turning it counter clockwise.

Gently rock the tail light housing up, down, left and right to loosen the two friction fastener pegs in their plastic mounting holes. Then pull the assembly straight off the rear of the vehicle with two hands.

Do not pull too hard on the inner rectangular piece with the screw hole since the plastic is relatively thin and might break.

Grasp Turn Signal Socket
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Remove Socket
Turn over the tail light housing and rest it on the bumper. To prevent scratching the plastic lens or the painted bumper, place a towel in between them.

The turn signal bulb socket is located at the top of the housing. Rotate the light tan socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull Old Bulb Straight Out
Re-Insert Socket
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7440 bulb.

Insert the socket back in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Brake Light Socket
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Old Bulb Straight Out
The brake light socket is at the bottom of the housing. Rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old brake light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7443 bulb.

Re-Install Socket
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Line Up Pegs & Holes
Insert the socket back in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Line up the two metal pegs or "spikes" on the back of the tail light housing with the plastic mounting holes on the corner of the vehicle. Push the tail light housing in to place.


Push On Tail Light Housing
Tighten 10mm Screw
Testing New Bulbs
Insert the screw and tighten it with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.
Reverse Light Housing
Reverse Access Panel
Pry Out With Screwdriver
The reverse light bulb is contained in a separate housing on the cargo liftgate and held in place by three 10mm nuts.

Open the liftgate and locate the rectangular access panel on the underside of the hatch.

Cover Removed
10mm Nut
Remove Counter Clockwise
Pry off the access panel with a flathead screwdriver and set it aside in a safe place.

Under the cover is a single 10mm nut that can be removed with either a deep well socket or just use a pair of pliers to loosen it and then spin it off by hand.

10mm Nut Removed
Two 10mm Nuts
Remove Upper Nut
Then move to the outer edge of the liftgate and remove the other two 10mm nuts by turning them counter clockwise.
Remove Lower Nut
Pry Reverse Light Housing
Push On Threads
Once the three nuts have been removed, the reverse light housing is still held to the liftgate by a ring of very sticky double sided tape.

Push on the two exposed thread ends and pry up on the housing with a small flathead screwdriver. To avoid scratching the paint, cover the screwdriver with a thin cloth.

Pull Off Reverse Housing
Power Connector
Press Button - Pull Off Plug
Pull off the reverse light housing and press the release button on the power connector before sliding it straight out of the socket.
Ring of Double Sided Tape
Grasp Reverse Socket
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Rotate the light tan reverse bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.
Pull Socket From Housing
Pull Out Old # 921 Bulb
Push In New Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 921 bulb.
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Line Up Reverse Housing
Insert Metal Threads
Insert the socket back in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Line up the three metal screw ends with their corresponding holes in the liftgate and push the housing back in place.

Push On Housing
Inner 10mm Nut
Tighten With 10mm Socket
Spin on the three 10mm nuts by hand and tighten them with the socket and ratcheting wrench or with pliers.
Tighten Two Outer 10mm
Replace Access Panel
Testing Reverse Light Bulb
Line up the rectangular access panel and gently pop it in to place.

Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone press on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out my other Nissan Rogue Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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