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How to get to the headlight housing to replace bulbs

Ok, so id like to start off and say that this is my first write up. Please bare with me if things might get confusing, and if you have anything else to add please do!!

This write up is on how to access the headlight assembly to switch out bulbs as needed.

First, there are three covers that are above the grill that need to come off, you will need a Phillips screw driver to do this.
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Once that is done, there is the middle intake that needs to come off. To do this, you simply have to lift it up to your right and it will slide out of the air filter box.
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Next, you need to take the front grill off. This sounds a lot scarier then it really is!!!! It is actually really simple. There are 6 clips on the top and 6 big clips on the bottom that need to pop out for the grill to come off. These are the clips on the top, they are round and should just pop up with upward force.
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Next you need to pull the lower clips:
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Out of the slots on the car:
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Now you need to take the arm connecting to the radiator off. There are six bolts one this arm. There is a bolt that is hiding on the underside of the arm. The red arrow in the picture gives you an idea of where it is at. One bolt is holding the headlight housing on this arm. That bolt also needs to come off, the second bolt will come off later in the write up.
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Next you need to turn your wheel to the far left (if you are doing the left side, vice versa for the right side). There is a mud flap, another piece that protects the motor from mud, and one other that is protecting the headlight assembly and fog lights. The mud flap comes off easy by unscrewing 4-5 screws. The second piece has 4 clips that pop out and it will come out. The third protector has two clips and two screws at the bottom of the front molding.

The white/black arrows are the mud flap screw positions, The red arrows are where the second flap clips are positioned (i got ahead of myself and forgot to take pictures of the pieces themselves:
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The white arrow is where one of the clips for the last protector is, there is also one right below it and the screws.
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After this you will be able to acces the two (2) bolts that are holding the back side of the headlight unit in place:
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Next go to the front and remove the one bolt that are hold the front of the headlight housing in place:
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And after all the bolts are off the housing it should come right out And that is the write up! Let me know how i did!

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First two pictures didnt uplaod, here they are!

Right side (facing engine):
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Left side (facing engine):
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wait, you just replaced an HID bulb and the grille needs to be taken off? whoa.

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I actually haven't replaced the hid's yet, but im going to be doing that shortly, going to a true diamond white color. I only replaced the side markers last night.
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doesnt sound right that you have to take all that off just for the bulbs, can you just get to them from the fender well, why take all the stuff off the top?

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Why is everyone's car so dirty under the hood? Don't you folks keep things clean under there?

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You have to take everything off the top if you want to pull the housing completly out. And I try to keep everything clean but time is an issue!

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O can understand pulling the housing for repairs, but I highly doubt you need to pull the entire housing to change out the bulbs. If you have halogens, you might be able to forego even the wheelwell step. HIDs may be another story.

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O can understand pulling the housing for repairs, but I highly doubt you need to pull the entire housing to change out the bulbs.
Pet peeve of mine how much work is involved in replacing bulbs, on my A4 I have to remove the entire front bumper to change a turn signal or fog light bulb. You can just about change the headlight bulbs, but even that is a pain.

From what I can tell on the Murano you can either get to them from the wheel well area, or move the washer fluid bottle for passenger side, or air intake for drivers side.
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Whatever happened to the old sealed beam headlights that you just unplugged the whole light and plugged in another? 2 minute job!

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Yup! Nissan screwed us on changing headlight bulbs. My 04 350Z had to remove the whole front bumper to remove the headlight housings to get to the actual bulbs. Ridiculous!

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If it was a easy DIY job, how many shop hours could they charge?

I am always amazed at hours charged by dealers for routine stuff....

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You can skip most of those steps! All of the front lights can be accessed from the front wheel wells (removing the headlight assemblies aren't necessary to replace any of the bulbs; neither is it necessary to remove the grille, front wheels or windshield washer reservoir, as stated in other threads). Just remove the 3 mud flap screws and 2 of the pop-pins near the top of the wheel well. Pop out the mud flap and carefully peel back the liner. This works for halogen and xenon MO's alike.
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To get the bulbs yes you can skip quite a few steps. To pull the housing out, you cant skip any steps.

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I know this is an old thread but was looking at how to replace the bulb on my '07 and found this thread. Excellent. Will be doing it this weekend

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