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Nissan Pathfinder Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area (trunk) light bulb in a 4th generation 2013 to 2016 Nissan Pathfinder SUV.

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2016 Pathfinder Cargo Light
Gently Pry Out Lens Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and possibly also the refreshed 2017 model year) Nissan Pathfinder SUV in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb located in a headliner housing near the tailgate door.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Maxima, Juke, Rogue, Altima, Xterra, Sentra, 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 compatible replacement festoon or "fuse" style light bulb is part number DE3175.

You can also use a brighter DE3175 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access and replace the cargo area light bulb is a plastic pry bar tool used to remove the translucent lens cover.

Pull Out Lens Cover
Plastic Hook - Passenger Side
The first step is to open the tailgate door.

Then climb in to the cargo area of the SUV and face towards the rear of the vehicle.

Use a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool to gently pull out the right (driver) side of the translucent plastic lens cover.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

Old Light Bulb Exposed
Pull Back Electrical Contact
Gently pull back the metal electrical contact on the right (driver) side of the socket before pulling out the old light bulb.
Remove Old Light Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
The OEM light bulb was Toshiba part number 12V8WAL:57.


Install New DE3175
Re-Insert Plastic Hook
Push a new # DE3175 festoon light bulb in to the socket.

Tip - If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try flipping it around in the socket.

Close Lens Cover
Gently Pop In Clips
Line up the lens cover and re-insert the plastic hook on the left (passenger) side in to the housing.

Gently snap in the right (driver) side of the lens cover.

Lens Cover Replaced
Test New Cargo Light Bulb
Test the new cargo area light bulb by moving the "On / Off / Door" switch to the "On" position.

I recommend leaving the switch in the "Door" position so that the cargo light will turn on when ever you open the tailgate door.

For more, check out all of my 2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinder DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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