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Nissan Qashqai / Rogue Sport License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in a 2nd generation 2014 to 2021 Nissan Qashqai or Rogue Sport.

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2020 Rogue Sport
Gently Push Outer Edge
Outer Clip Released
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Nissan Qashqai and the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Nissan Rogue Sport (USA) in changing a burnt out license plate (also known as the "number" or "registration" plate) light bulb in the tailgate door for the cargo area or upgrading both of them to brighter LED units.

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

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light part number is 2825 (also known as W5W).

If you'd like to have brighter license plate lights, install some 2825 LED units.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulb is a flat head screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces or the painted tailgate, either use a plastic tool or cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

The steps to remove the driver and passenger side light housings are the same.

There is a small plastic tab on the right side of the light housings and a flexible retaining clip on the left side of the housing.

You may be able to pry out the light housing from either the left side by the large flexible retaining clip or the right side by the small plastic tab.

Just be gentle and don't use excessive force to prevent from cracking the housing.

Please proceed with caution and at your own risk!


Retaining Clip - Inner
Remove Light Housing
2nd Light - Outer Edge
Insert the flat head screwdriver or plastic pry bar tool in between the side of the light housing and the tailgate.

Gently push in to release the retaining clip and then pull the housing down out of the opening in the underside of the tailgate door.

Sometimes it is helpful to loosen the housing by pushing in on the right side by the plastic tab. Then move to the left side to release the retaining clip.

For the right (passenger) side housing, I pushed in the outer edge by the small plastic tab and then released the retaining clip on the left (inner) side.

Second Housing Removed
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Bulb Socket Removed
If you are replacing both lights, repeat the steps to remove the other housing.

On the driver side of the SUV, I was able to just push in the left (outer) edge and release the large flexible retaining clip.

Old Bulb In Socket
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
Once the light housing has been removed, rotate the base of the white plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out.

If the old light bulb was recently turned on, be careful when you remove it. The bulb might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

If you have trouble removing the old bulb due to corrosion (rust) or debris in the socket, try gently wiggling it back and forth before pulling it straight out.

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) light bulb was marked as part number "W5W" which is the same as the more more commonly available 2825 bulb.

Push In New Light Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Re-Insert Wires First
Push a new number 2825 light bulb straight into the socket.

Wipe off any grease or dirt on the new bulb with a micro fiber cloth or a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol.

Any grease or oil on the new bulb could create a hot spot which may lead to the bulb burning out prematurely.

If you'd like to have brighter license plate lights, install some compatible replacement 2825 LED bulbs.

I recommend testing the new LED bulbs before you replace the housings into the tailgate door.

To test the new bulbs, turn on the parking lights or switch on the headlights. You could also press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to re-activate the exterior lights.

Insert the bulb socket into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure it into place.

Re-insert the wires on the right side of the housing back into the opening in the tailgate first.

Pop In Clip - Outer Edge
Passenger Side Housing
Pop In Retaining Clip
Then gently snap in the flexible retaining clip on the left side of the housing to secure it into place.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The housing should pop in relatively easily.

Make sure the light housing is securely in place.

Light Housing Secured
Test New Light Bulb
Testing Both Lights
Repeat the process to replace the other light bulb.

To test the license plate lights again, press the "Unlock" button on the key fob or turn on the parking lights or headlights.

Tip - If you installed an LED bulb and it doesn't work, remove it from the socket, rotate it 180 degrees and push it back into the socket. Some LED bulbs are "polarized" and will only turn on when the "+" positive and "-" negative electrical contacts are in the correct orientation.

Please check out all of the 2014-2021 Nissan Qashqai / Rogue Sport DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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