I feel empowered doing these things on my own. I actually like figuring stuff out like this it but part of me wants some super cute handyman to take care of these things. For the time being, I can do it and I’m proud of that!
If you just need to change out the headlight bulb inside the headlight assembly lens case, not the entire case and all, here ya go. The first time it took me 25 minutes, the second time just 5 minutes, ha ha!
1. Go to Kragen, or PepBoys, or whatever you got. Ask the guy for the bulb for your 2001 Nissan Maxima. Yes, I know, I also normally say, “the silver sporty car” but I’ve since gotten into the habit of using the right terms. He can look it up in the system faster than you can look in those manuals in the aisles. This bulb was less than $20. Buy 2 of them. One of mine went out and I replaced it and the next week the other one went out. Padiddle twice. Put the receipt directly into the glove compartment for some sort of record keeping.
2. While you are there, resist the urge to buy a Wild Cherry Air Freshener or Pink Fuzzy Steering Wheel cover, even though they are sweet. Just for fun, ask the guy how many pounds he torques his lug nuts to.
3. Tools you need: 10mm wrench, flathead screwdriver, rag, determination, cold beer.
4. Open the hood. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery using the 10mm wrench; this keeps anything from shorting out. Righty-tighty, Lefty-loosey. Note, your radio stations will need to be reprogrammed in after it’s all hooked back up, don’t panic.
5. The headlights are easily accessible from the front left and right sides of the engine compartment, just reach in behind the lamp.
6. Pull out the plug.
7. Pull off the rubber seal gently, you may need the screwdriver to loosen it but I did not.
8. Squeeze lightly together the sides of the circular pin holding the bulb in place. The pin will be released but not completely removed.
9. Pull out the old bulb.
10. Insert the new bulb in same orientation being careful not to get your greasy fingers all over the glass bulb. Only touch the base.
11. Squeeze pin back in place.
12. Put rubber seal back on.
13. Plug the plug back in.
14. Hook up the negative cable.
15. Wipe hands with rag.
16. Test lights. Shout “Hooray” when they work!
17. Have a cold beer.
18. Now, you may want to get rain*x Headlight Restorer at the same time as you buy the bulbs. You buff out the front plastic covering of the headlights so the light shines through!