Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Signal and Marker Lights

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Front Turn Signal and Parking Lights

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8



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Fig. Fig. 1: Front upper signal lights are attached to the vehicle by a single screw



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Fig. Fig. 2: After the screw is removed, carefully pull forward and out



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the socket by twisting counterclockwise, then depress and twist the bulb 1/8 turn



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Fig. Fig. 4: To remove the bumper mounted parking/turn indicators, remove the two screws on the sides of the lens



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Fig. Fig. 5: The entire lens and reflector assembly can be pulled from the bumper



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Fig. Fig. 6: Make sure the gasket on the lens is properly positioned during installation



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Fig. Fig. 7: Note the small tab on the upper portion of the lens; this is installed first



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Fig. Fig. 8: The bulb is removed by pushing in and twisting, and then pulling it out of the socket

  1. If necessary, unfasten and remove the lens housing.
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  3. Disengage the bulb and socket assembly from the lens housing.
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  5. Gently grasp the light bulb and remove it from the socket. Depending on the type of bulb, you must either depress and twist the bulb 1 / 8 or pull it straight out of its socket. Refer to the illustrations.
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To install:
  1. Before installing the light bulb into the socket, ensure that all electrical contact surfaces are free of corrosion or dirt.
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  3. Line up the base of the light bulb with the socket, then insert the light bulb into the socket until it is fully seated. If the (turn signal) bulb has pins on its base, be sure that they are properly oriented.
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  5. To ensure that the replacement bulb functions properly, activate the applicable switch to illuminate the bulb which was just replaced. If the replacement light bulb does not illuminate, either it too is faulty or there is a problem in the bulb circuit or switch. Correct as necessary.
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  7. Install the socket and bulb assembly into the lens housing.
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  9. If applicable, position and reattach the lens housing.
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Side Marker Lights

See Figures 9 and 10

  1. Disengage the bulb and socket assembly from the lens housing, accessed from the trunk.
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  3. Gently grasp the light bulb and pull it straight out of the socket.
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Fig. Fig. 9: Front signal and marker light mounting detail on 1995-98 models



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Fig. Fig. 10: The rear side marker lights are accessed from the trunk, behind the small flap of carpet

To install:
  1. Before installing the light bulb into the socket, ensure that all electrical contact surfaces are free of corrosion or dirt.
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  3. Line up the base of the light bulb with the socket, then insert the light bulb into the socket until it is fully seated.
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  5. To ensure that the replacement bulb functions properly, activate the applicable switch to illuminate the bulb which was just replaced. If the replacement light bulb does not illuminate, either it too is faulty or there is a problem in the bulb circuit or switch. Correct as necessary.
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  7. Install the socket and bulb assembly into the lens housing.
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Tail and Brake Lights

See Figures 11 and 12



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Fig. Fig. 11: To replace the brake and taillights, lift up on the tabs and hinge the flap upward to access the taillight bulbs



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Fig. Fig. 12: Depress the clip and pull the back of the lens housing away to reveal the lamps

  1. Depending on the vehicle and bulb application, either unscrew and remove the lens or disengage the bulb and socket assembly from the rear of the lens housing.
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  3. To remove a light bulb with retaining pins from its socket, grasp the bulb, then gently depress and twist it 1 / 8 turn counterclockwise, and pull it from the socket.
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To install:
  1. Before installing a light bulb into the socket, ensure that all electrical contact surfaces are free of corrosion or dirt.
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Before installing the light bulb, note the positions of the two retaining pins on the bulb. They will likely be at different heights on the bulb, to ensure that the bulb is installed correctly. If, when installing the bulb, it does not turn easily, do not force it. Remove the bulb and rotate it 180 degrees from its former position, then reinsert it into the bulb socket.

  1. Insert the light bulb into the socket and, while depressing the bulb, twist it 1 / 8 turn clockwise until the two pins on the light bulb are properly engaged in the socket.
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  3. To ensure that the replacement bulb functions properly, activate the applicable switch to illuminate the bulb which was just replaced. If the replacement light bulb does not illuminate, either it too is faulty or there is a problem in the bulb circuit or switch. Correct if necessary.
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  5. If applicable, install the socket and bulb assembly into the rear of the lens housing; otherwise, install the lens over the bulb.
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Dome Light
  1. Using a small prytool, carefully remove the cover lens from the lamp assembly.
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  3. Remove the bulb from its retaining clip contacts. If the bulb has tapered ends, gently depress the spring clip/metal contact and disengage the light bulb, then pull it free of the two metal contacts.
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To install:
  1. Before installing the light bulb into the metal contacts, ensure that all electrical conducting surfaces are free of corrosion or dirt.
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  3. Position the bulb between the two metal contacts. If the contacts have small holes, be sure that the tapered ends of the bulb are situated in them.
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  5. To ensure that the replacement bulb functions properly, activate the applicable switch to illuminate the bulb which was just replaced. If the replacement light bulb does not illuminate, either it is faulty or there is a problem in the bulb circuit or switch. Correct as necessary.
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  7. Install the cover lens until its retaining tabs are properly engaged.
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Trunk, License Plate and High-Mount Brake Lights

See Figures 13, 14, 15 and 16

These lights are very easy to replace. It usually involes simply removing a lens, then pulling or twisting the bulb from its socket. Refer to the illustrations.



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Fig. Fig. 13: The trunk lamp is covered by a plastic lens and is located under the package shelf



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Fig. Fig. 14: To access the license plate lights, unscrew the lens assembly; the bulb is removed by twisting the bulb holder and pulling outward



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Fig. Fig. 15: Unscrew the high-mount brake light assembly, and twist the bulb holder from the lens; the bulb pulls straight out



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Fig. Fig. 16: Replacing a bulb on later models with the high-mount brake light mounted on the rear parcel shelf

 
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