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Nissan Rogue License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear cargo tailgate of a 2008 to 2013 Nissan Rogue SUV.

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2011 Rogue License Lights
Raise Cargo Hatchback
Pry Out Access Panel
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 1st generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013) Nissan Rogue in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the cargo tailgate.

Owners of other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles such as the Versa, Cube, Sentra, Altima, LEAF, Maxima, Juke, Murano, Xterra, Pathfinder, Armada, Quest, Frontier, Titan, 370Z, G37, M37, EX37, FX37, JX35, and QX56 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb is part # 168 from various manufacturers such as Sylavnia, GE, Eiko, Putco, and PIAA.

You can also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the 194, W5W, 2825, 2827 or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to remove the access panel.

Access Cover Removed
Light Grey Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
The first step is to raise the rear cargo tailgate and move to the side with the burnt out license plate light bulb.

Locate the rectangular access panel on the underside of the tailgate and gently pry it out by inserting a flathead screwdriver in to the notch at the bottom. Set the cover aside in a safe place.

Reach in and grasp the light tan light bulb socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out.


Remove Light Bulb Socket
Housing In Tail Gate
Pull Out Old Bulb
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 168 bulb or a brighter LED unit.
Push In New # 168 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Insert Access Cover
Re-insert the light bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Line up the access cover and gently snap it back in to place.

Panel Replaced
New Bulb Working
Testing License Plate Lights
Test the new license plate light bulb by turning on the headlights.

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

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