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Nissan Frontier 3rd Brake / Cargo Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out high mount third brake or cargo bed light bulb on a 2nd generation 2005 to 2016 Nissan Frontier.

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2016 Frontier High Mount Lights
Round Plastic Covers
Remove With Pry Bar Tool
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation "D40 Series" (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Nissan Frontier pickup truck in changing a burnt out high mount third brake light or the two cargo bed light bulbs in the housing attached to the roof just above the rear window.

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

The replacement bulb part numbers for the 3rd brake light and both cargo area light bulbs is number 912 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

You can also use a brighter compatible 912 LED bulb.

The tools needed to access and replace the light bulbs include a plastic pry bar tool, a deep well 8mm or 5/16" socket, a short extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Plastic Cover Removed
Pry Out 2nd Plastic Cap
Plastic Covers Removed
The first step is to sit in the back row of seats of your Frontier.

Then gently pry out the round plastic trim covers located just above the rear window with an automotive panel pry bar tool.

Set the two plastic caps aside in a safe place.

10mm Nut & Bolt Threads
Deep Well 8mm Socket
Remove 8mm Nut
Attach the deep well 8mm or a 5/16" socket to the extension bar and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Loosen the two nuts by turning them counterclockwise.

Loosen Second 8mm Nut
2nd 8mm Nut Removed
Two 8mm Nuts
Set the two 8mm nuts aside in a safe place.
Gently Pull Off Light Housing
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Cargo Area Bulb Socket
Climb in to the cargo bed of the truck.

Gently pull the light housing straight off the rear of the passenger compartment.

If you have trouble removing the light housing, gently loosen it with the plastic pry bar tool.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
High Mount Brake Light
Pull Out Old # 912 Bulbs
Rotate the base of the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

The high mount 3rd brake light is located at the center of the housing.

The two cargo bed lights are located on the left and right side of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

If the old light was recently turned on, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.


Push In New # 912 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push In New 912 Bulb
Push a new # 912 bulb straight in to the socket.

If you want to have brighter cargo area lights or a brighter third brake light, choose an LED bulb.

(If necessary, you might be able to use a # 921 bulb that is a higher wattage and slightly brighter. But it draws more power and creates more heat which could lead to a deformed or melted plastic light housing depending on your climate.)

Replace 3rd Brake Socket
Line Up Two Fasteners
Re-Insert Bolt Ends
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Line up the two bolt threads on the back of the light housing with their corresponding holes in the roof.

Push Housing In Place
Tape Nut To Socket
Tighten 8mm Clockwise
Push the tail light housing straight on to the roof of the truck.

Move to the rear seats of the passenger cabin.

Loosely attach the 8mm nut to the end of the 8mm socket with some painter's tape to hold it in place.

Tighten the 8mm nut by turning it clockwise until it is snug.

Replace 2nd 8mm Nut
Line Up Plastic Covers
Pop In Trim Panels
Repeat the steps to replace the second 8mm nut.

Try to avoid over tightening the two nuts to prevent from cracking the plastic brake/cargo light housing.

Gently push in the two plastic trim caps to complete the job.

Test the new light bulbs by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob and have someone step on the brake pedal.

For more, check out my other Nissan Frontier DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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