(2006) Maxima Headlight Replacement, A Pictorial Guide
- Written November, 2008, jackbellis.com
- This page, like most of my web content, helps advertise books I've self-published.
(Remember books...those things with paper all stuck together in a particular
- Updated July, 2009 with bulb details
- Updated April, 2010 with comments from a correspondent (DLL in Canada)
1) suggesting no need to remove bottom pan, and 2) describing purchase of
the bulb from John Deere company.
Wheel Well Option After originally making this
web page (which primarily adds images to an authoritative-sounding
procedure I found in a forum), I found a lot more forums saying
the bulb could
to http://www.dmitriylerman.net/Maxima/MaximaMain.html which
says you can replace it through the wheel well in 1/2 hour. I will
be trying that method myself on my next attempt.
Different Options Depeding on Side? Then
there's these comments on a
"...the shop manual says to take
off the front bumper (fascia) but you can change the driver side
and the passenger side can be done (with some difficulty) by
unsnapping and flexing the inner fender liner on that side, and
"I had to replace both of my headlight assembly's on my 2004 Maxima
thanks to a previous owners 'after market' wiring & bulb replacement
so thanks for all of the info about removal of the headlight assembly.
I have tried it both ways (taking the wheels off & taking the
front fascia off) and I think taking off the front fascia
is the easiest!"
article below shows how to do it by taking the bumber off, which
is really not a big deal when you understand how the car is put
together with plastic screws, but those fender screws are a nuisance. Email
me with your findings.
If you still want to try my method, scroll down.
This is a pictorial description of how to replace the headights in a 2006
Nissan Maxima or similar years.
Just a sample picture...
- This page is a followup to a post by 'blueis300' on forums.nicoclub.com,
explaining exactly how to remove the bumper to get access to the headlight
- It's quite a hassle because you have to take off the entire plastic
front bumper shroud to get to the 5 bolts that hold the headlight housing.
This is a procedure that, on any normal car takes 4 minutes and no
of looks like you might be able to do it entirely from the wheelwell but
after you see the big fitting that covers the bulb socket, it does look
would be hard. Anyway, I followed Blueis300's advice and replaced the bulb
and it worked just like he described, but this is really for people who love
a challenge. Thank you Blue.
- The first time I did it, it seemed like it took all afternoon, perhaps
a 2+1/2 hours.
- The second time, 1+1/4 hours (in 15 minutes I had the bulb out).
- I'll bet a mechanic with a lift, a 10mm electric wrench, and extra plastic
screws gets the bumper off and bulb out in 7 minutes. Maybe 20 minutes to
Getting the 9012 from John
DLL (February, 2010) adds the
info below on getting the bulb from John Deere company, but
now (April 2010) that a cheaper source has been found, the price
is creeping up and there are none available. I suspect that
either the original price was an outright mistake, or the farm
hasn't quite evolved to the point where it survives on gouging
its captive audience.
- An article I read stated that you can use John Deere bulbs
but may have to nibble away part of the center tab.
- I bought my bulbs from the John
Deere dealer part # AH211917 $30.00 per bulb.
- The Nissan dealer here in Canada wanted $85.00 and
an hour of labor to change it.
- These bulbs are Toshiba HIR2 9012 12V
55watt, same as the
- On my 2005 Maxima these bulbs were an exact replacement,
have to trim any of the tabs. They just popped in as a direct
replacement and in my opinion are exactly the same as the OEM
bulb at a fraction
of the price.
- I bought two and changed both headlights, both fog lights (H3-
55Watt), both daytime running lights (1156 LL long life) and
both turn signals (1157NAKR krypton long life).
Using a 9006 bulb
- From x.nissanhelp.com:
"Yup, just confirmed it. The 9006 bulb works like a charm, there
is only a slight difference in the
the factory ones. If you purchase a 9006 bulb that burns
at around 5000k or so then they will be pretty much the same
expensive than whats recommended."
Toshiba HIR2 / DOT 9012 / Halogen 12V, 55W PRC / Nissan 26296-9B913
The bulb itself is a strange matter. When I had my first one replaced by
the dealer, just before the warranty ran out, I was told that the bulb was
about $100 dollars. When my second one burnt out, I saw that my owner's manual
clearly says I need a 9012, which is not available in our local store,
I called the dealer and asked how much a 9012 was, they asked "What's
your VIN (vehicle ID number)?" Sheesh! Are you kidding me? It matters
when the car came off the assembly line??? Anyway, it was $65 at the Nissan
dealer. Here's a fascinating discussion about the specific bulb, the hi intensity
55-watt bulb: http://store.candlepower.com/hirlighting.html
(not the fancier Bi-Xenon type). The dealer told me I could use an "HIR2" bulb
but by then I had to buy it from
Here's the shape of the bulb and socket. It's a right-angle bulb with 2 prongs
and one alignment tab inside. My question is, can you use any 55-watt
bulb that has this same configuration as long as it has both high and low beams??? Of
course, it won't be as bright as this precious zircon-encrusted, triple-gold-plated,
lighthouse-worthy beacon from God, but beggars can't be choosers, eh? Please
let me know if a substitute works.
It says right on it "HIR2 12V55W P.R.C." on one side and "DOT
9012 E13 287 U" on the other. Does that mean that the DOT standardizes the
numbers to some
So they're the same thing, HIR2 and 9012, simply from 2 different labeling
systems (Toshiba and DOT).
And for you poor souls who have to go to your Nissan dealer with your tail
between your legs, groveling on all fours... "please sir, can I have some more
headlights," this is the morsel they'll be serving you for your $65, a 26296-9B913:
Below is the procedure
- 10mm socket and wrench... you might really be glad if you have this
Husky socket handle that I got a few years ago: you can just twist
(yes, twist) the handle and it cranks the socket!
- Flat screw driver that will pry out the plastic "screws."
- Drop light
- Beginner: 1+1/2 to 2 hours plus time driving around to find
the bulb until you give up and pay the Nissan dealer's price.
|In February, 2010, DLL writes "I
didn’t find it necessary
to disconnect all of the bottom center section of the bumper, just
(step 3 below) and the two screws inside. I did disconnect
all of the top section. This left plenty of room to get to the lights
having to pull
off the bumper completely."
Step 1. Pan Screws (Note A: Skip this step if you
want to try DLL's method, per note above.)
Remove 2 screws on each side on the bottom of the bumper,
below where the cornering lights are. These hold the plastic undercarriage
to the bumper.
If you're wondering if you can just remove one side to replace one
headlight, it's probably not worth trying... you'd end up twisting
the whole bumper assembly to reveal the headlight housing bolts. Not
worth the small amount of time saved.
Step 2. (Note B: Skip this step if you want to try
DLL's method, per note above.)
Remove plastic "skid plate" by removing 5 plastic "screw
bolts." Wedge their center posts loose then pull the whole things
out. Curse the @^#$# who invented these things while doing so.
Step 3. Screws Under Fender
Study the next few pictures before proceeding. We'll be removing
2 screws on each side that hold the side of the bumper in place, just
Here's where the bolts holes are after you remove the
To replace the driver side light, turn your wheel all the way
to the right side. Remove one screw holding the fenderwell
plastic and pull the fenderwell plastic back to gain access behind
Reach up under the bumper inside
the wheel well and remove the 2 screws. The 1st
is right there by the edge and the 2nd is about 10" further in, about
3/4 to the front of the headlamp assembly.
Here's what those two bumper bolts look like
from inside the wheel well,
already removed. That's the wheel well plastic cover on the right.
When you replace those bolts you'll want to shove a drop light
in the bumper. This is showing the right wheel.
Step 7. (Note C: If you use DLL's method I suspect you only have to
remove the rightmost of these 3 yellow-circled screws.)
Under the hood, remove the plastic clips/bolts that hold the
grill and bumper in place.
Remove the plastic clips farthest to the outside. This should release
the bumper from the car completely. (jb; Hmmm, maybe you don't have
to remove those yellow circles on the left.)
You don't have to remove the two plastic fasteners (red X) that hold
the grill and bumper to each other.
You might have to
the plastic air duct thing that flows air to the intake(?).
Now gently try to pull the bumper and grill away. It looks like you
have to pry the top edge of the bumper out of this stupid clip. It holds
the top horizontal edge of the bumper into the lip shown
The cornering lights will be connected and you'll have to prop up the
bumper so as not to strain the wires.
Here's the clip the way it's probably supposed to work... it stays on
the body and the edge of the bumper snaps in and out of the to of the
how the clip is fastened
One fastener broke when I pulled the bumper off. The other stayed usable.
If you've got the bumper pulled away, you've arrived at the promised
land. You'll see the 4 bolts that hold in the headlight housing. The
two shown here are under the housing.
Remove the 4 bolts with a 10mm socket and pull the housing out.
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Twist off the outer protector.
Twist out the bulb.
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