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Nissan Altima Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, rear turn signal and reverse bulb in the tail lights of a 5th generation 2013, 2014 & 2015 Altima.

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2014 Altima Tail Light
Carpeted Trunk Liner
Pry Out - Release Fastener
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2013, 2014, 2015 and possibly also the refreshed 2016 model year) Nissan Altima sedan in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal or reverse bulb in the tail light housings.

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.

Replacement bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Brake # 7443, Rear Turn Signal # 3157A and Reverse # 921.

The tools needed to replace the bulbs include a flathead screwdriver and a deep well 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench or an 8mm hand wrench.

Pull Out Cargo Net Anchor
Pull Back Trunk Liner
Locate 8mm Nuts
The first two steps are to open the trunk and then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Use a small flathead screwdriver to pry out the center piece of the cargo net anchor that holds the trunk liner in place.

Remove the cargo net anchor and set it aside in a safe place.

Gently pull back the carpeted trunk liner.

Loosen Nuts Counterclockwise
Remove 2nd 8mm Nut
Loosen the two 8mm nuts that secure the tail light housing in place to the rear of the vehicle by turning them counterclockwise.

You will either need a deep well 8mm socket or a standard 8mm hand wrench.

Plastic Anchor & 2 Nuts
Gently Pry At Outer Edge
Pull Off Tail Light Housing
Set the two nuts aside in a safe place.

The tail light assembly is still held in place by two pegs or "spikes" on the back of the housing inserted in to plastic grommets on the vehicle.

Try to pull the tail light housing straight off the rear of the vehicle.

If you have trouble removing the housing, you may need to very carefully pry at the outer edge to loosen the two friction fasteners.

Turn Over Housing
Turn Signal - Brake - Reverse
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Turn over the tail light housing and rest it on the bumper to access the bulb sockets.

The Brake Light bulb socket is located near the top outer corner of the housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull Out Bulb Socket
Pull Out Old Brake Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7443 bulb.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.


1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Turn Signal Bulb Socket
Pull Out Old 3157A Bulb
The Rear Turn Signal bulb is located near the top inner corner of the housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb out of the socket and push in a new amber colored # 3157A or 3157NA bulb.

1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Reverse Bulb Socket
Pull Out Bulb Socket
Re-insert the turn signal bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The Reverse Light Bulb socket is located at the bottom edge of the housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull Out Old Reverse Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Plastic Grommets
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 921 bulb.

If you would like to have brighter reverse lights, install some compatible replacement 921 LED bulbs.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Push On Tail Light Assembly
Spin On 8mm Nuts
Tighten Clockwise
Line up the two pegs or "spikes" on the rear of the tail light housing with the plastic grommets.

Carefully push the tail light housing back in to place on the rear corner of the car.

Spin on the two 8mm nuts in the clockwise direction.

Tighten 2nd 8mm Nut
Replace Trunk Liner
Tighten the two nuts with the deep well 8mm socket or an 8mm wrench.

Try to avoid over tightening the nuts to prevent from cracking the plastic tail light housing.

Re-Insert Cargo Net Anchor
Pop In To Secure Fastener
Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Re-insert the cargo net anchor and pop in the center piece to secure it in place.

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

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

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