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How to Replace Headlight 04-06 Nissan Sentra

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How to Replace Headlight 04-06 Nissan Sentra

Created on: 2012-09-20

If your 04-06 Nissan Sentra has dim, hazed, or cracked headlights, learn how to replace them yourself with this instructional video from 1A Auto.

  1. DO NOT TOUCH the bulbs- the oil from your fingers will burn into the light and foul your bulb. Clean with rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth if the bulbs do get touched.

    step 1 :Replace the headlight assembly
    • Unbolt the two 10mm bolts.
    • Pull out the headlight assembly and unplug the wiring harness.
    • Remove the rubber seals to access the bulbs if needed.
  2. step 2 :Replace the headlight assembly
    • Plug in the wiring harness and bulbs.
    • Line up the headlight assembly and bolt into place using your 10 mm socket and ratchet.

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

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In this video, we show you how to service the headlights on this 2006 Nissan Sentra. We show you both if you're looking to just change a bulb as well as if you want to replace the whole headlight because your headlight is clouded or damaged in any way. The only tool you'll need is the 10-mm wrench or a socket and ratchet. If you need to change a bulb on your headlight, you can reach in the back. It's actually just as easy to take the whole light out. It just allows easier access to the back. There are two 10-mm bolts right on top here, and I take these off.

Looking at the back of the new light, there's a pin here and then there's a connecting point right here. So, to get the old light out, and I try and grab underneath. Pull forward there, and then, this one is usually quite a bit more difficult. Trying to get underneath and you have to kind of pull and move the light side to side while you pull, and the light comes free there. Kind of bolted up for the fender, that bumper cover. Out and look back in here, and you'll see the connectors with little red tabs. Just use a screwdriver and pry the little red tabs back. Then, press on the connectors and disconnect.

Here are the connectors. These little tabs are locked in, so when you look back there, you just want to push those tabs back and then press there to disconnect. Once your light is out, then replacing the bulbs is pretty easy. Twist counterclockwise and take it out. New bulb goes in clockwise to lock. Same here. This bulb just pulls straight out, back in. Okay, if you're looking to install a new headlight because yours is broken or clouded or faded or worn out, we sell very nice replacements. Take the plastic out from around the edge and put it in place. Reconnect and lock the little red tabs. Reconnect and then put the light down in. Make sure this part goes underneath the fender there. Push the light in. Okay, I'm looking back here and I can see the little tab or the little ... that mounting rod. Make sure that goes in to the clip. Come here, and I'll show you that.

Okay, I'm looking down in. Let's see if I can see it here with the camera. That's difficult, but I think if you look at that, you can see just below the connector there, the wiring harness connector, you can see the little stud that's in the headlight going to the clip there. Okay, and here's a still photo. Before you go too far, make sure that your light is outside of this tab on the fender. Push inside in, and then, we can make sure two clips are going in. Everything looks good, and we can put these two bolts back on.

I'm just going to speed it up here as I start those bolts on and then tighten them up nice and firm. Once you do that, then you've got a nice new headlight or you've accomplished replacing your headlight bulb if you needed to.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

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