How to replace headlights on nissan

How to replace headlights on Nissan

With time, your Nissan headlight may become dimmer, the lens may become clouded from heat, or the bulb may burn out due to wear and tear. Although this might not be instant, it’s highly inevitable for our car headlights to become oxidized. There are different ways car owners deal with oxidized headlights. While a lot of car owners would opt-in for a headlight replacement, others would prefer restoring headlights using homemade solutions

Both methods are effective but how many times do you plan to replace your headlights as they are sure to get foggy again? In the same vein, how much of your kitchen resources are you willing to waste to develop a cleaning solution that won’t last till your next car wash? For this reason, headlight restoration kits were developed. To provide a more precise restoration that would last for a very long time at a cheaper cost. 

When it comes to car headlights maintenance, the bulk of the work rests on the shoulders of the owner as you will need to inspect your car now and then to check the lights for damage, rather than being faced with the effects of a faulty headlight while driving. When your Nissan headlight is in good working order, it will cast a bright beam well ahead of you, allowing you to see road hazards in plenty of time to avoid them easily. 

Perhaps you’d like to add one of the Nissan headlight’s custom designs for increased headlight brightness, better visibility, and a fresh new look. Various custom looks are available, ranging from the bright white halogen Nissan headlight to the most recent HID models, among many others. Nissan conversion kits for these styles are widely available and relatively straightforward to install.

Prices of nissan headlight conversions bulbs by vehicle model

Prices of nissan headlight conversions bulbs by vehicle model
Nissan car modelCar typeApplicationProductPrice
Nissan 370Z
Nissan 370Z (2010)
Main Headlight Beam
Morimoto – XB Black DRL Bar Projector LED Headlights with Sequential Turn Signal
$1,242 – $1,270

Nissan Altima
Nissan Altima (2011)
Main Headlight Beam
SpyderBlack LED DRL Bar Halo Projector Headlights
$419 – $420

Nissan Armada
Nissan Armada (2012)
Main Headlight Beam
Oracle Lighting – Chrome Factory Style Headlights with Color Halo
$713 – $720

Nissan Cube
Nissan Cube (2013)
Main Headlight Beam
Sherman Replacement Headlight
$125 – $150

Nissan Frontier
Nissan Frontier (2014)
Main Headlight Beam
TYC Replacement Headlight
$136 – $150

Nissan Quest
Nissan Quest (2008)
Main Headlight Beam
DepoReplacement Headlight
$146 – $150

Nissan Juke
Nissan Juke (2015)
Main Headlight Beam
Replace Replacement Headlight
$166 – $180

Nissan Maxima
Nissan Maxima (2016)
Main Headlight Beam
Spyder – Black/Chrome Factory Style Projector Headlights
$386 – $420

Nissan Murano
Nissan Murano (2017)
Main Headlight Beam
TruPartsReplacement Headlight
$542 – $560

Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Pathfinder (2018)
Main Headlight Beam
K-Metal Replacement Headlight
$313 – $350

Step by step to replace car headlight

How to replace a nissan car headlight

Step 1:

Switch on the headlights and stand in front of your car to see which bulb needs to be replaced. Take note of where the bulb in the headlight assembly is mounted. Remove the keys from the ignition and switch off the lights. Although the manual can instruct you to disconnect the battery, this isn’t important as long as the headlights aren’t turned on while you’re replacing the bulb.

Step 2:

Open the hood and check behind it for the headlight assembly you’ll be working on. It might be easier or necessary to remove some components on some later-model Nissan cars to be able to access the back of the assembly and remove the bad bulb. The airbox must be removed from the driver’s side headlight. Remove the air filter, find and remove the bolts at the bottom, and maneuver the airbox out of the way by unsnapping the airbox cover. The battery, or at the very least the battery hold-down nut, may need to be removed from the passenger side headlight so you can get your hands down behind the headlight assembly.

Step 3:

Identify the long plastic plug clamp that connects to the bad headlight’s back. To loosen the lock and unplug it, press the center of this clamp. If pushing the middle in is proving difficult, use the flathead screwdriver to do this. Once the lock is pushed in, unplug the wire from the back of the headlight.

Step 4:

Remove the headlight retainer ring from the headlight assembly by turning it anticlockwise. Remove the ring as well as the old bulb.

Step 5:

Replace the bulb in the headlight assembly and secure it using the retainer ring. Do not touch the new headlight’s glass bulb. The ring can only fit into the assembly one way, and once it does, turn it clockwise to lock in.

Nissan headlight replacement

Step 6:

Replace the plastic plug clamp on the new headlight’s socket. Before putting the airbox back together, if you replaced the driver’s side lamp, make sure it’s working by turning on the headlights. To check the passenger side bulb, you’d have to reconnect the battery first, but you can attach the battery terminals first, check the lights, and then reconnect the battery hold-down nut if all works.

Close the bonnet after removing the airbox assembly or the battery and tighten the adjustment screws. If you don’t have a headlight adjustment screw here is how to replace a headlight adjustment screw. Once your headlights are in place, use the adjustment screws to align your car headlights so they don’t dazzle other oncoming traffic. 


The cost of a Nissan headlight replacement varies depending on your car’s headlight design and model year. Nissan halo lights, for example, can be more costly than regular halogen headlights. OE replacement headlights usually vary in price from $20 for a single headlight assembly to over $1,000 for luxury LED headlight kits. Headlights may be purchased individually, in pairs, or as part of a package. 

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