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Nissan Altima Passenger Reading Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out rear passenger overhead reading light bulb in a 2007 to 2012 Nissan Altima sedan.

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This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 4th generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) Nissan Altima in replacing a burnt out rear passenger overhead reading light bulb.

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 replacement passenger reading light bulb is part number 168 from Sylvania or other automotive part manufacturers.

If you would like to have a brighter light, choose a compatible 168 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to replace either reading light bulb is a small flathead screwdriver.

You may also be able to use a coin, key, pocket knife, nail file, or any other similar item.

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The first step is to carefully insert the flathead screwdriver in between the white translucent plastic bulb cover and the bulb housing at the edge closest to the switch.

Then gently pry out the plastic bulb cover and remove it by hand.

Grasp the old # 168 bulb with your thumb and forefinger to pull it straight out of the socket.


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Push in a new # 168 bulb and test it by activating the reading light switch. If it works, re-insert the edge of the cover closest to the switch and pop the other side into place. Check that the bulb cover rests flush against the housing.

I recommend the Sylvania 168 LL long life light bulb.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the number 2825, W5W, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

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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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