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How To Replace Taillight 00-03 Nissan Maxima

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  1. step : Remove the tail light assembly (0:49)
    • Pop the trunk.
    • Pull up and unclip the plastic cover on the lip of the inside of the trunk.
    • Use a flat blade screwdriver to pry up the push clips securing the upholstery.
    • Pull back the upholstery covering the back of the tail light assembly.
    • Unclip the wiring harness from the studs and unbolt the 8 mm nuts underneath.
    • Remove the rest of the 8 mm nuts, leaving the 10 mm bumper cover nuts alone.
    • Disconnect your wiring harness.
    • Push out the tail light.
    • Unplug the bulbs.
  2. step : Install the new tail light assembly. (2:45)
    • Line up the studs and clip the tail light into place.
    • Plug in your wiring harness and secure the tail light.
    • Bolt it into place with your 8 mm wrench.
    • Clip the wiring harness back into place.
    • Put the upholstery back and secure with the push clips.
    • Clip the plastic cover back onto the inner trunk lip.

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In this video we'll be replacing a taillight on this 2001 Nissan Maxima, same basic procedure for any 2000 to 2003 Nissan Maxima. The tools you'll need are a Phillips screwdriver, a regular flat blade screwdriver, and an 8mm wrench. A taillight replacement in a 2001 Nissan Maxima. Actually first what we're going to do is we're going to grab hold of this and it actually pulls up pretty easily, and off. There are a few clips we've got to remove, there, there, and there. And set it up here. So this guy has got a little combination, you twist it a little bit slowly, and eventually you can get a screwdriver in there and pull it out. And these guys, just pull out with a screwdriver. It's not as easy. Maybe a little bit. Now you can pull this back and your wiring harness is here, and you want to pull these white tabs off of these studs, maybe use a screwdriver to bring them off.

Then there's four bolts. And where you pulled the wiring harness from, there's two of those nuts. They're actually nuts that come off, 8mm nuts. Then there's another one, it's going to be hard to see it back in here, 8 mm, and one down here 8mm. It's all 8mms, not 10 mm. There are some other 10 mm nuts down here for the bumper cover. You just want the 8 mm ones. I removed my bolts and now basically what's holding it in is some adhesive type of stuff. Not sure if it's original. Maybe this car had the taillight replaced already, but basically now you just got to push out. What I'm going to do first is there's a connector right here and you just press a little button here, and see. That should come apart. I'm using a screwdriver to help out a little bit. Press the button. Now the taillight is disconnected.

Obviously what I'm going to do is replace the bulbs. You don't have to take anything apart. The bulbs can just be serviced from here just by twisting the bulbs and pulling them out. Okay, I've removed the four bulbs. Now, I'm just going to push it out. You can see there's all look, I guess I'm not sure that's original for this car. This bulb just tells me the taillight has either been replaced or resealed. Somebody just used a bunch of glue. That's how you get it out. Back in as just to reverse the procedure. Put it in. I'll just start with one of the nuts on here. We're going to start with the four 8mm nuts on here, and the last one down here. I'll tighten those up, and when we come back I'll put this back together. I've tightened the bolts. I've put the wiring harness back. Now I can put this back on. This first one, put it down in.

Actually, you know what? What you have to do is you do have to have it pushed out and then you want to push on the outside edge first, and get it down in there. Keep that in. These things are best if you pull the center out. And get it nice and lined up, push it in, push the center in. This is the last one. Hold it there, push it through the insulation. First, you need to put a seal into the hole, push it in, and push that through. Last but not least this trim panel pretty easily, just put the pins in.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver
  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 8mm Wrench

2002 - 2003  Nissan  Maxima

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This part replaces:

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