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Nissan Maxima Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse in an 8th generation 2016, 2017 & 2018 Nissan Maxima sedan.

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2016 Maxima Fuse Box
Pull Back - Release Clips
Push Back Rear Clips
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the eighth generation (2016, 2017, 2018 and maybe also the 2019 and 2020 model years) Nissan Maxima sports sedan in checking or changing a blown electrical fuse or a faulty relay.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Altima, Juke, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Murano, Xterra, Pathfinder, Sentra, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, Kicks, NV, NV200, G25, G37, M35 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The Nissan Maxima is equipped with the relatively newer style of "low profile" mini blade electrical fuses which can be purchased at any auto parts store, Walmart or online at Amazon.

No tools are needed to access and replace any of the fuses or relays in either the engine bay or interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Turn Over Fuse Block
Push In Release Tab
Lift Off Fuse Box Cover
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

There are two fuse boxes inside the engine bay.

The larger square electrical panel is located just to the right of the engine air filter box.

A second smaller triangular shaped fuse box is located to the right of the 12V automotive battery.

Gently pull back the four small tabs on the larger square shaped fuse box to release the retaining clips.

Unlike other vehicle manufacturers, Nissan has fuse panels that are orientated facing down into a housing.

Carefully lift the large electrical panel out of the housing and turn it over to access the fuses and relays.

To open the cover on the smaller triangular shaped fuse box, gently push in the tab on the front edge to release the retaining clip.

Open the plastic cover and turn it over to view the fuse location diagram.

There is also another fuse location diagram inside your owner's manual.

Driver Side Dashboard
Pull Off Access Panel
Interior Fuse Panel
If you need to change a fuse inside the car, move to the lower part of the dashboard close to where the driver's left knee would normally reside.

The rectangular shaped access cover is located below the trunk release and the hood release lever.

Insert your fingers into the opening and gently pull out the access cover.

There is a fuse location diagram on the back side of the access cover and also another one in the owner's manual.

The white plastic fuse puller tool is attached to the interior fuse block just to the left of a brown / tan colored 5 amp fuse.


White Fuse Puller Tool
Place Tool Over Fuse
Pull Out Old Fuse
Pull the tool straight out of its socket.

Place the smaller end of the tool over the old fuse that you'd like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.

Hold Up To Light Bulb
Push In New Fuse
Turn Over Fuse Panel
To check the condition of the old fuse, hold it up to a light source.

If the thin metal band in the translucent plastic center of the old fuse appears to be burnt or broken, the old fuse is most likely "blown" and should be replaced.

If the thin metal wire or "strip" in the middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse is probably still good.

Since new fuses are so inexpensive, you should still replace the old fuse as part of your electrical problem troubleshooting process.

Push a new "low profile" mini blade electrical fuse of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5A, 10A, 15A, 20A, esc.) straight into the socket.

Turn over the main electrical panel and lower it down into the box.

Push on the top of the panel to secure the four retaining clips.

Replace Fuse Box Cover
Replace Fuse Puller Tool
Push On Access Cover
Lower the smaller fuse box cover back into place and push on it to secure the retaining clip.

Push the fuse puller tool back into its socket on the interior fuse panel.

Line up the plastic access cover and pop it back into place.

Test the electrical component that you were having issues with such as the horn, A/C, stereo, power windows, tail lights, headlights, interior lights, power driver's seat, etc.

If you are still having the same electrical problem, there may be a shorted out wire or the component itself needs to be replaced.

Please check out all of my 2016-2018 Nissan Maxima DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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