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Nissan Murano License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door of a 2nd generation 2009-2014 Nissan Murano.

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2014 Murano License Plate Lights
Open Tailgate Door
Push In Center Piece
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Nissan Murano SUV in changing the front windshield window wiper blades.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Pathfinder, Sentra, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb is part number 2825, which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 168, W5W, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

The tools needed to access the bulb sockets include a small flathead screwdriver and a plastic automotive pry bar panel removal tool.

Gently Pry Out Fastener
Push In Center of Other Fasteners
Remove All Four Fasteners
To access the license plate light bulbs, you'll need to remove the plastic panel attached to the back side of the tailgate door.

Open the tailgate door and locate the four round plastic fasteners on the bottom edge of the panel, which will be facing out towards you.

There are two fasteners on the left of the latch mechanism and the other two are on the right side of the latch.

Gently push in the center part of each fastener before prying out the base with a small flathead screwdriver.

4 Fasteners Removed
Gently Pry Plastic Handles
Right Side Handle Removed
Set aside the four fasteners in a safe place.

Then gently pry out the two plastic handles located on either side of the latch.

Pry Out Left Side Handle
2nd Handle Removed
Gently Pull Off Plastic Panel
Set the door handles aside in a safe place.

The plastic panel is still held in place by a few friction fasteners.

Carefully disengage the pop rivets by prying along the edges of the panel with the plastic pry bar tool or just pull it off with your hands.

Be sure to hold the plastic panel close to the metal tailgate door until you disconnect the two cargo lights.

Disconnect Cargo Lights
Plastic Panel Removed
Bulb Sockets Exposed
Press in the release tab on each of the two white plastic electrical connectors for the cargo lights before sliding them out of their sockets.

Once the cargo lights have been disconnected, you can set the plastic tailgate panel aside in a safe place.


License Plate Light Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Remove Bulb Socket
Rotate the license plate light bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.
Pull Out Old Bulb
Old # W5W Bulb
Push In New 168 Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number 2825 bulb.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 168, W5W, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Empty Bulb Housing
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Line Up Tailgate Plastic Panel
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Hold the plastic panel near the tailgate door.

Push In Cargo Light Plugs
Re-Insert Pop Rivets
Push In Friction Fasteners
Push in the power plugs for the two cargo area lights.

Line up the pop rivet fasteners on the back side of the plastic panel with their corresponding holes on the tailgate door.

Firmly push the pop rivets back in to place to secure the plastic panel.

Re-Insert Plastic Handles
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Re-Insert Plastic Fastener
Push the two plastic handles back in to place.

Make sure that the center part of each round plastic fastener is raised up.

Push In Center Piece - Lock
Tailgate Panel Replaced
Test New License Plate Lights
Snap in the center part of the four plastic fasteners to secure them in place.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights.

For more, check out my other 2009-2014 Nissan Murano DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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