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Nissan Altima License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid of a 5th generation 2013, 2014 or 2015 Altima.

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2014 Altima License Plate Lights
Left Light Bulb Housing
Pry Out Center of Fastener
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2013, 2014, 2015 and probably also the revised 2016 model year) Nissan Altima sedan in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb or upgrading both of the bulbs to brighter LED bulbs.

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

A replacement bulb is part number 2825 or W5W, which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko. You may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 168, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a used to pry out the pop rivet fasteners.

You could also use a pop rivet removal tool.

Remove Fastener
Release Other Fasteners
Open the trunk lid and locate the black plastic pop rivet fasteners on the carpeted liner.

Gently pry out the center part of each pop rivet before removing the entire fastener.

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3 Pop Rivets Removed
Pull Back Trunk Lid Liner
I only removed three of the pop rivets to access the license plate light bulb socket.

You might choose to remove more of the fasteners on the trunk lid liner for better access.

Gently pull back the trunk lid liner to access the socket.

Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the trunk lid.


Remove Bulb Socket
Pull Out Old Bulb
Old # W5W Bulb Removed
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # W5W bulb.

You may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 168, 2825, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Push In New # W5W Bulb
Bulb Housing
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.
Replace Carpeted Liner
Re-Insert Plastic Fasteners
Pop In Center Piece
Push the trunk lid liner back in to place over the latch mechanism.

Re-insert the plastic fasteners and pop in the center part to secure them in place.

Replace Other Fasteners
Trunk Lid Liner Secured
Test New License Plate Bulb
Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out my other 2013-2015 Nissan Altima DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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