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Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure
Project: Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure
Models:
  • 2002 Nissan Altima
  • 2003 Nissan Altima
  • 2004 Nissan Altima
  • 2005 Nissan Altima
  • 2006 Nissan Altima

1. Remove the six fascia and grill clips

Nissan Altima Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure

2. Remove the five front clips on the engine splash shield

Nissan Altima Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure

3. Remove both front wheels.

NOTE: Steps 4 through 8 are illustrated only for the left side of the vehicle. Make sure to perform these steps for both sides (left and right).

4. Remove the inner fender (fender skirt) screws shown in Figure (2 on each side).

Nissan Altima Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure

5. Remove the fender skirt clips shown in Figure (4 on each side).

Nissan Altima Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure

6. Pull the fender skirt out of the way. Hook it behind the brake rotor.

Nissan Altima Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure

7. Look up into the area behind the bumper. Locate and remove the bumper fascia bolts shown in Figure (two on each side).

Nissan Altima Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure

8. Hold the bumper fascia as shown in Figure 31 and carefully pull it loose from the corner support clip.

- Do this for both the left and right side corners.

NOTE: The corner support clip is behind the fascia at about the center of the headlamp

Nissan Altima Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure

9. Carefully lift off the bumper fascia (don't scratch it) and place in out of the way.

NOTE: If the vehicle is equipped with fog lamps, disconnect them as you're carefully lifting off the fascia.

Nissan Altima Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure

10. Replace the damaged headlamp.

- The headlamp is held on with 4 bolts shown in Figure.

- You will need to disconnect three harness connectors from the old headlamp and reconnect them to the new headlamp.

Nissan Altima Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure

11. Reinstall the bumper fascia in reverse order. Make sure the foam support is in place while installing the fascia

12. Check headlamp adjustment as shown in Figure

- Make sure all tires are inflated to correct pressure.

- Make sure there is no load in the vehicle other then the driver (or equivalent weight in the driver's seat), coolant and engine oil are filled to the correct level, and the fuel tank is full.

- Place vehicle on a flat surface.

- Basic illuminating area for adjustment should be within the range shown on the aiming chart.

Nissan Altima Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure

13. If adjustment is needed, first loosen the adjusting screw all the way and then make adjustment by tightening the screw.

Nissan Altima Headlamp Assembly Replacement Procedure

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