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Nissan Sentra License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid of a 7th generation 2013 to 2015 Nissan Sentra.

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2014 Sentra License Plate
Left License Plate Light
Open Trunk Lid
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the seventh generation (2013, 2014, 2015 and possibly also the revised 2016 and 2017 model years) Nissan Sentra sedan in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Pathfinder, Murano, Cube, Armada, Leaf, Quest, Frontier, Teana, 370Z, GT-R, Titan, G25, G37, M35, QX56, QX60 and M37 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The replacement light bulb part number is 168 or W5W which are available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You could also install a brighter compatible 168 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulbs is a flathead screwdriver used to pry out the plastic pop rivets.

Pry Up Center of Fastener
Remove Plastic Pop Rivet
Remove Other Fasteners
The first step is to open the trunk lid.

Then locate the black plastic pop rivet fasteners that secure the carpet liner to the underside of the trunk lid.

Gently pry up the center part of each fastener before pulling out the base.

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Pry Off Trunk Latch Cover
Pry off the black plastic cover on the trunk lid's latch mechanism.
Latch Cover Removed
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Remove More Fasteners
Set the trunk lid latch cover aside in a safe place.
6 Pop Rivets & 1 Trim Cover
Pull Off Trunk Carpet
Gently Bend Back Liner
I removed six of the plastic pop rivets.

You might be able to access the license plate light bulb sockets by removing less of them or perhaps you'd like to remove more to avoid having to bend your trunk lid liner.

Gently pull back the trunk lid liner to access the license plate light bulb sockets.

License Plate Light Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Bulb Socket Removed
Rotate the base of the light bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.


Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old # W5W Removed
Push In New W5W or 168
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 168 or W5W bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the number 168, 2825, 158, 194 or a compatible 168 LED unit.

Rear of Light Housing
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Replace Trunk Lid Carpet
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the rear of the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Push the trunk lid liner back in to place over the trunk latch mechanism.

Push On Plastic Latch Cover
Re-Insert Pop Rivets
Push In Center To Secure
Push the black plastic cover over the trunk lid latch mechanism.

Make sure the center part of each pop rivet fastener is raised.

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Push the base of the pop rivets back in to place.
Replace Six Pop Rivets
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Test New Light Bulbs
Then push in the center part of each pop rivet to secure them in place.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out my other 2013-2015 Nissan Sentra DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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