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Nissan Sentra Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a low / high beam, turn signal or side marker light bulb in a 6th generation 2007-2012 Nissan Sentra.

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2012 Sentra Headlight
Turn Signal & Side Marker
Base of Headlight Bulb
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation "B16" (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) Nissan Sentra sedan in changing a burnt out combination low & high beam, turn signal or front side marker light bulbs in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other Nissan vehicles such as the Versa, Cube, Altima, Maxima, Leaf, Pathfinder, 370Z, Juke, Rogue, Xterra, Murano and Quest may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement light bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Dual Low & High Beam Headlight # H13, Front Turn Signal # 3457A or 3457NA and Front Side Marker # 194.

No tools are needed to change any of the bulbs in either the driver or passenger side headlight housings.

Pry Out Red Lock Tab
Press Release Button
Pull Off Power Plug
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out bulb.

The combination Low & High Beam (dual filament) headlight bulb is located near the bottom of the headlight assembly.

Reach in behind the headlight housing and locate the green plastic power connector on the base of the old low/high beam bulb.

Use either your fingernail or a small flathead screwdriver to gently pry out the red locking tab on the power plug towards the rear of the car.

Then press down the release tab on the electrical connector and slide it straight off the base of the old bulb.

1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Out Old Headlight Bulb
Sylvania H13 12V 60/55W
Rotate the base of the old headlight bulb 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.
Empty Bulb Socket
Insert New H13 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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 an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert the new # H13 bulb in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

I'd recommend using the Sylvania H13 headlight bulbs.

Push On Power Plug
Slide In Red Locking Tab
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Push the electrical connector straight on to the base of the new headlight bulb until it clicks securely in to place.

Pop in the red plastic locking tab on the top of the connector.

The front Turn Signal light bulb is located near the top inner corner of the headlight assembly.


Turn Signal Bulb Socket
Old # 3457AK Bulb
Push In New 3457NA Bulb
Reach in behind the headlight assembly and rotate the light grey turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new amber colored # 3457AK, 3457A or 3457NA bulb.

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

The front Side Marker light bulb is located at the top outer edge of the headlight assembly.

Reach in behind the housing and rotate the small light grey bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out.

Side Marker Bulb Socket
Old # 194 Bulb
Push In New # 194 Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 194 bulb.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, W5W, 2825 or a compatible replacement 194 LED unit.

Side Marker Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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.

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

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

For more, check out my other 2007-2012 Nissan Sentra Maintenance & Repair Guides.

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