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Nissan Altima Reverse & Parking Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out reverse or parking light bulb in a 6th gen 2019 to 2024 Nissan Altima sedan.

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Paul B. Michaels
Author & Photographer
Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2020 Altima Tail Lights
Reverse & Parking Lights
Open Trunk Lid
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and the revised or "face lifted" 2023 and 2024 Nissan Altima sedan in changing a burnt out reverse (backup or back-up) and parking bulb located in the small light housing attached to the trunk lid.

Owners of other Nissan, Infiniti or related Renault vehicles such as the Rogue, X-Trail, Note, Versa, Rogue Sport / Qashqai, Maxima, Sentra, Juke, Kicks, Murano, Pathfinder, Armada, Frontier, Titan, Quest, NV200, Q50, Q60, QX50, QX60 and QX80 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement light bulb part numbers are Reverse # 921 and Parking # W5W (or 2825).

If you'd like to have brighter reverse and parking lights, install some 921 LED or W5W LED units.

The first two steps are to open the trunk lid and move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out light bulb.


Unlock Pop Rivet
Pry Out Base of Fastener
Pry Out Plastic Handle
Unlock the round black plastic pop rivets by prying up the center pin with a small flat head screwdriver.

Then pry out the base of the fasteners.

Pry out the black plastic handle with a pry bar tool.

Plastic Handle Removed
Unlock Pop Rivets
Remove Pop Rivets
Continue removing the other pop rivets that surround the back side of the reverse and parking light housing.
Remove Pop Rivets
Pry Out Base of Fastener
Pull Back Trunk Lid Liner
Set the pop rivets aside in a safe place.

Gently pull back the carpeted trunk lid liner.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Reverse Bulb Socket
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
The larger white bulb socket contains the reverse light bulb.

The smaller tan / orange colored socket contains the parking light bulb.

Rotate the base of the reverse light bulb socket 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push In New Light Bulb
Empty Bulb Housing
1/4 Turn Clockwise

The compatible replacement light bulb part numbers are Reverse # 921 and Parking # W5W (or 2825).

If you'd like to have brighter reverse and parking lights, install some 921 LED or W5W LED units.

Push the new light bulb into the socket and wipe it clean.

Reinsert the bulb socket into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Parking Light Bulb
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Repeat the process to replace the parking light bulb.
Push In New Light Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Replace Liner
Once you are done replacing the bulbs, push the carpeted trunk lid liner back into place.
Replace Pop Rivets
Liner Secured
Test New Light Bulbs
Make sure the button head in the center of the pop rivets are in the raised and unlocked position.

Replace all of the pop rivets.

To test the new light bulbs, have an assistant step on the brake pedal, turn on the parking lights and shift the transmission from "P" (Park) to "R" (Reverse).

Tip - If you installed LED bulbs and they don't work, try removing them from the socket, rotate them 180 degrees and push them back into the socket. Some 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.

If you need to change the brake, turn signal or side marker light bulbs, check out the 2019-2024 Nissan Altima Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide.

Please take a look at all of my 2019-2024 Nissan Altima DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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