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Nissan Altima Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out step or "courtesy" light bulb in the doors of a 2007-2012 Nissan Altima coupe or sedan.

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Altima Courtesy Step Light
Pry Out Lower Edge
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 4th generation 2007 to 2012 Nissan Altima coupe or sedan in replacing a burnt out step or "courtesy" light bulb in the driver or passenger doors.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Murano, Xterra, Pathfinder, Sentra, Cube, Armada, Quest, Frontier, Titan, G25, G35, G37, M35 and M37 may also find this guide to be helpful.

A new replacement courtesy / step light bulb is part # 194 from Sylvania and other automotive part manufacturers.

If you would like to have a brighter step light, choose a compatible 194 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver.

You may also be able to use a key, coin, nail file, butter knife or other similar object to pry out the courtesy step light bulb housing.

Courtesy Light Removed
Unplug Power Connector
The first step is to insert the flathead screwdriver in between the lower edge of the courtesy light bulb housing and the door's interior panel.

Then carefully pry out the lens until you can remove it by hand.

The housing is held in place by small plastic prongs that can bend slightly but may break it you aren't careful.

Pull Out Old Bulb
Insert New # 194 Bulb
Disconnect the power by pushing on the white plastic tab and pulling the connector away from the bulb housing.

Remove the old # 194 bulb by pulling it straight out of the metal socket.

Push a new # 194 bulb into the socket until it rests securely against the metal contacts in the socket.

I recommend the Sylvania 194 LL long life light bulbs.


Plug In Power Connector
Insert Lower Edge Into Door
Re-install the power connector and push it into the white plastic socket until it clicks in place.
Snap Upper Edge Into Place
Courtesy Step Light Replaced
To finish the job, insert the lower edge of the courtesy step light housing into the door panel and gently push in the upper edge until it snaps into place.
For more of my maintenance instructions, click on the following links: 2007-2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Maintenance Guides, and 2002-2006 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Maintenance Guides.
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