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Nissan Versa Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in a second generation 2012 to 2019 Nissan Versa sedan.

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2019 Versa Light Housing
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Pry Off Lens Cover
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Lens Cover Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Nissan Versa sedan in changing a burnt out map light bulb located in the overhead housing attached to the headliner just behind the rearview mirror.

Owners of other Nissan vehicle such as the Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Murano, Rogue,  Note, Leaf, Juke, Kicks, Latio, Almera, Sunny, Qashqai, NV200, Pathfinder, Frontier and X-Trail may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 2825 (also known as W5W).

If you'd like to have a brighter map light that will also last much longer before burning out like the traditional incandescent bulbs, install some 2825 LED units.

The only tool needed to access and replace either light bulb is a small plastic pry bar tool or a flat head screwdriver.

Insert the blade of your plastic pry bar tool in between the translucent plastic lens cover and white plastic light housing.

Gently pry off the lens cover. You may need to remove and re-insert the tool in several locations to fully release all of the retaining clips.

If you use a screwdriver to pry off the lens cover, try to avoid scratching the plastic pieces or tearing the fabric headliner. You can wrap your screwdriver in a thin micro fiber cloth to help prevent from damaging the vehicle.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.



 

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Map Light Bulbs
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Gorilla Tape For Grip
If the old light bulb was recently turned on, be careful when you remove it. The old light bulb might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

I had trouble getting a good grip on the old light bulb. So I curled up a piece of Gorilla Tape and pushed it on to the bulb before pulling it straight out.

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OEM Light Bulb Removed
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Empty Bulb Sockets
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Push In New Light Bulb
The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) dome light bulb in this 2019 Versa SV was marked as part number "W5W" which is the same as the 2825 light bulbs.

Push a new number 2825 light bulb straight into the socket.

If you'd like to have brighter lights (and never have to replace them again) install some compatible replacement 2825 LED bulbs.

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Line Up Lens Cover
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Gently Pop On Lens Cover
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Test New Light Bulb
I recommend testing the new light bulb before you re-attach the lens cover.

To test the new bulb, move the switch to the "On" position.

Line up the lens cover and carefully snap it back into place.

You should feel or hear the retaining clips "click" securely into place.

Tip - If you installed an LED bulb and it doesn't work, try removing it from the socket, rotate it 180 degrees and push it back into the socket. Some brands of LED bulbs are "polarized" and will only work when the "+" positive and "-" negative electrical contacts are in the correct orientation.

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

Please check out all of my 2012-2019 Nissan Versa DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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