How to Replace Headlight 02-04 Nissan Altima

How to Replace Headlight 02-04 Nissan Altima


Brought to you by 1AAuto.com, your source
for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Hi, I’m Don from 1A Auto. I hope this how to video helps you out and
the next time you need a part for your vehicle, think of 1aauto.com. Thanks. In this video, we are going to show you both
replacing the entire headlight assembly as well as just changing the bulb on this 2003
Nissan Altima. The process is basically the same for 2002
to 2006, although the headlights do differ from year to year. You’ll need new headlights from 1AAuto.com,
10mm socket and ratchet with extension, Phillips screwdriver, and a flat blade screwdriver. Now you can see that our vehicle is jacked
up. You don’t actually have to do this; we just
do it to make it easier for you to see and you want to just remove this Phillips screw
right here and now you can pullback that inner fender and up here you’ll see there is a 10mm
bolt right here and straight back along the same rail there, there is actually another
10mm bolt and we’ll just fast forward as Don removes both of those. Now, you have better access to get this 10mm
bolt right here and again we’ll fast forward as Don removes that. Now, at the top of your bumper cover next
to the headlight, there are these clips. You just want to use a flat blade screwdriver
to pry up the center and then it will pull right out, but this one you can see it’s broken,
we’ll use some wire cutters to get underneath it. You don’t actually cut the clip, we just use
it to help pry up the center and now you can just pull the clip right out. Now at the top of the headlight, you see there
are two 10mm bolts. Go ahead and remove both of those. Pull straight out on your bumper cover and
that will release a clip right here and now you have better access to get to this 10mm
bolt underneath the headlight right there and, again, we’ll just fast forward as Don
removes that. Now with those 10mm bolts out, you can pull
the headlight right out. You’ll need to pull back on the bumper cover
a little bit and on the back of the headlight, you’ll see this three harnesses and you just
want to push in on the tab right there and just pull straight up on them. They come right off. If you are just looking to service you bulb
for this one you just twist it counterclockwise, it pulls right out then you twist the new
one clockwise. For your turn signal bulb, twist the socket
out counter clockwise, pull the bulb straight out. You’d push your new one in and twist the bulb
back in clockwise. For this bulb, you want to turn that cover
counter clockwise and pull it back. You may have to push the wires thought it
just a little bit and then you want to pull this little clips off of the little pegs and
pull up on this little wire retainer and then your bulb will pull out and you’ll just replace
that. Push it back into place. You want to push that little retaining clip
back down over it to hold it all together. And then just reconnect those wires to those
pegs and twist that cover back on clockwise. On the left is the original. On the right is the new light from 1A Auto,
clear and bright. Make your car look better and you’ll be able
to see better at night, as well. Now you want to take the turn signal bulb
from your old light and twist it into your new light from 1A Auto and reconnect the harnesses
to your new headlight. Line your headlight up, push it into place
and then we are going to fast forward as Don replaces those two 10mm bolts at the top of
the headlight. Now the 10mm bolt on the side of the headlight
and underneath the headlight. Now push your bumper cover back into place
and replace those two 10mm bolts that hold it up. Push the inner fender back into place and
replace that Phillips screw. And all that’s left is installing those two
clips. Just push them in and push down the center
to lock them. On the passenger side is the new headlight. On the right is the old one and you can just
see in this picture how much nicer the passenger side of the car looks. Not only does it make the car look newer,
it also will help you see much farther at night. We hope this helps you out. Brought to you by www.1AAuto.com, your source
for quality replacement parts and the best service on the Internet. Please feel free to call us toll-free, 888-844-3393. We’re the company that’s here for you on the
Internet and in person.

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100 Comments

  1. Thank you, I want to give my 2006 Nissan Altima a new look. Replace back and front lights and this videos have help me out a lot!

  2. Thank you for the video…thanks to you guys I was able to do this all by myself…the video was very help and I didnt have trouble understanding your instructions…keep up the good work and thank you again fir your help…

  3. I can't believe it's this hard. I used to be able to change the headlight on my old 2000 Maxima in 5 minutes. I'm ready to trade this 2003 Altima in after watching this.

  4. I need to knowhow to put the wire clip on the light bulb low beam I am having problems what does it clip to to hold the bulb in

  5. Thank you so much. These videos are a tremendous help. I've saved a lot of money because of your vides. I greatly appreciate you. have a good one

  6. Great vid guys, I had one bulb go on my 03 and figured I'd change them both simultaneously. Thanks for saving me the time and the money of taking it in to the local shop. $15 simple fix!

  7. Great Video, it's a shame that Nissan made it this complicated to change a simple headlight. Thanks for saving me $$$ 

  8. If I have shortage in my wires connected to the low beam, do I need to replace the whole headlight or can I replace the lowbeam wires..?

  9. I had an accident with my 05 Altima where the insurance company paid to replace the one headlight but not the other, purchased the assembly not realizing the bumper cover had to be loosened, after watching the video it was very easy to replace but suggest doing it in a warm place, garage, etc., outside in February the plastic is cold and hard, broke a tab off the Altima's grill, suggest replacing the retainers, they break too.

  10. I would rather consume some of my time doing this than paying someone , great video,If you don't have the right tools, get them…

  11. In this video you mention the "inner fender" piece. The black, plastic piece that gets loosened up to allow you to pry the fender back. Do know where I can actually get that part? The "inner fender" part?

  12. Bought the replacement assembly from 1AAuto and used this video for reference to change out the front headlight assembly.  Awesome video and only took me about 45 minutes to complete the job.  Thanks for sharing your knowledge!!

  13. Thank you for this video. My 2006 Altima looks and functions way better with the new headlights I bought from 1A Auto.

  14. Great video! I replaced both headlights on a 2003 Nissan Altima. Is there an adjustment screw to aim the headlight up or down, and where is it?

  15. Can't you get at all the bulbs by simply pulling the inside wheel liner loose from the bottom of the bumper and fender? Or by removing the coolant over flow tank for the other bulbs? Seems like alot of work to pull the light assembly to change the bulbs!

  16. hey i baught anzo head lights for 08 coupe . i just have to take off bumper and place the new head light in and connect the wires?

  17. One of my bulbs was loose and kept going off when I hit a bump. I watched this excellent video and fixed that in about half an hour. One thing I did extra was to remove a second Phillips screw from under the bumper so the inner fender is totally free from the bumper.

  18. All I want to know is how ti change the bulb is that necessary for me to just change the light bulb itself? Do you all have a video just for that?

  19. Hi< my cigarette socket is not working and they told me that the problem is the fuse and i am a little bit confuse when i open my fuse box under neat the steering wheels it did not say the cigarette fuse.

  20. Because of your video I was able to replace the headlight bulb in my car! Great instructions. Now I feel like a boss @$$ b*tch!

  21. Thank you for the video… not one to work on cars but i had to do both lights at the same time…saved me a lot of heart ache….. thank you again…

  22. My car is a 2002 Nissan Maxima SE. I want to replace the high beam headlight bulb only withe one just like it originally came. I don't want to upgrade in anyway. Please tell me what wattage I should buy? thanks

  23. @ 4:00 I'm installing the new headlight but the fixture is a different size than the original will I need a new bulb??

  24. Great job. There are a couple of differences year to year (I replaced an '06 Altima with a zip tie around the headlight wire and another's group of wires) but this was great. You made it very straightforward.

  25. Great video informative. Just bought these headlights, ready to install. Also bought headlights and tail lights for my Ranger. SO much clearer and safer. Literally night and day difference.

    Thank you again 1A Auto,

    Sean Watson

  26. Hi! I need to replace the RETAINER CLIP and the COVER, seems hard to find online to buy, any clue? My driver side light shuts off, looks like due to the clip not pinning down the bulb onto the metal to stay still.

  27. .great video thank you but I have a question how much is it to change your head light I don't have time to do it myself

  28. Didn’t see any bulbs for an 04 altima on 1A auto.com. I always watch your videos. And finally wanted to buy direct from you all but I didn’t find the part.

  29. about to replace mine. found a pair of lamps for $140. Mine are just about solid yellow and all oxidized

  30. I was told to never touch a bulb when installing it. They say the oils from your finger can cause damage tot he new bulb when heated up. is that true?

  31. It's sad the way they make cars just to fix a headlight. This isn't even bad compared to Audi or others.

  32. That demonstration was great and made it very easy for me to change my low beam bulb,thanks a lot for that,I do appreciate that.

  33. Thanks for the video. I do mostly Z06 Corvette videos and W900 Kenworth but I had to replace bulb in my fiancées Altima today and this helped. Thank you. I subbed.

  34. In the video it seems as if we order the entire headlight assembly the only bulb needing to be added is the turn signal.  Is that right?

  35. After replacing the bulb my headlights are out of adjustment. Can some one tell me how to adjust them ??? Thanks.

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