How to replace headlight bulbs Altima 2002-2006

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If your like me and are not to confident in changing headlight bulbs because people keep mentioning you have to remove the bumper. This guide should help you feel a little more confident.

It has wonderful pictures of exactly what to do. This is literally a guide for dummies.

It would probably make more sense to move this into the DIY section but we should give major props to paulstravelspictures.com for this

I am going to change my “ricerific” 8000k HID’s to 5000k thanks to this guide

Heres the guide

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I work on them and have done about a hundred bulbs but they were all halogens. But to get to the bulbs, (normally) you need to remove the air box on the driver’s side and the coolant resevoir and the washer bottle neck on the passenger side. Unclip the top of the box and kind of wedge it on top to the strut tower, don’t remember exactly where it’s reflex for me. Then take out the 10mm bolt securing the bottom of the box next to the fender, then pull up on the box, it should POP up. They you will have access to the back of the headlamp on the driver’s side. For the passenger side, I put the hood prop between the wire loom and the strut tower to give me more room to work, then you have to remove the 2 10’s that hold the coolant resevoir, put it out of the way the simply twist the top of the washer bottle neck and pull up. And you should have room on the passenger side. Again we don’t have problems with Xenons so we never have had to replace them. But if you have to contend with a large round cover on the back of the headlamp, the words go up NOT THE ARROW! They will be difficult to turn. Assembly is the reverse of dissassembly.

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2005 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE

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If your like me and are not to confident in changing headlight bulbs because people keep mentioning you have to remove the bumper. This guide should help you feel a little more confident.

It has wonderful pictures of exactly what to do. This is literally a guide for dummies.

It would probably make more sense to move this into the DIY section but we should give major props to paulstravelspictures.com for this

I am going to change my “ricerific” 8000k HID’s to 5000k thanks to this guide

Heres the guide

Thanks for the guide!

I just bought a 2005 Altima 3.5 SE and was thinking of changing bulbs or doing one of those HID kits

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Great help guys. One of my ballots blew and i was thinkin of gettin ride of my HID’s, but I didn’t want to go back to the guy that put them in, LOL! I didnt even want to try and take the bumper off. Now atleast I have another option if i decide to get ride of the HID’s.

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Write-up (no pics) is also here in the FAQ section.

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If you’ve ever done it once, it’s about a 15 min. job for both sides. In dealerspeak that’s about $95 you’re saving by not taking that particular owner’s manual advice.

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The dealership where i am from only charged $20 to install both of the low beam bulbs I had. I only took them like 15 minutes

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So I just attempted to change my hid bulbs….got everything apart and noticed the bulbs I bought are completely different. The ones on my car have 2 wires coming out of the bottom. The bulbs I bought only have one small round plug at the bottom. I got 6000k d2r bulbs. Clearly my car has something else? I really don’t wanna pay a mechanic to do something so simple 🙁

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Your car has an aftermarket HID kit in it…meaning that the housings in the car are made to hold the halogen H1 bulbs and the kit is for that setup.

The factory HID system uses the D2R bulb that you purchased.

Replacement H1 HID bulbs are available from any HID kit seller or on EBAY.

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That’s what’s confusing me. I thought the SE-R came with hid’s from the factory.

That’s why I bought the d2r bulbs. Why in the world does my car

have an aftermarket set up?

Thank you though, for the response. I’ll order the H1 bulbs today.

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That’s what’s confusing me. I thought the SE-R came with hid’s from the factory.

That’s why I bought the d2r bulbs. Why in the world does my car

have an aftermarket set up?

Thank you though, for the response. I’ll order the H1 bulbs today.

Sounds as though those headlight assemblies were replaced at some point. Was the car ever in a collision?

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