Step 2: Gently pull the plastic panel near the trunk latch. Remove this panel.
Step 3: Using the Phillips screwdriver, turn the liner fasteners just a bit, creating room for the flathead screwdriver. Pry the fasteners up and remove them - there are 3.
Step 4: Pull the trunk liner back to expose the tail light mounting area.
Step 5: Disconnect the wiring harness.
Step 6: Remove the small clasps that hold the wiring to the vehicle's frame.
Use a flathead screwdriver to pry them free.
Step 7: With the wiring harness out of the way, locate and remove the four 8mm nuts that secure the tail light's position. Loosen and remove them.
Step 8: You can now remove the tail light assembly.
Nissan uses adhesive to prevent leakage near the tail lights. You will have to use some force to push/pull the tail light from the vehicle.
NOTE: If you ordered your replacement tail light from Go-Parts, it likely includes new bulbs, as most of our models do. This saves you an installation step! However, if your particular model does not, simply twist the sockets, remove them, and attach the bulbs to the new assembly. This process takes just a few moments!
Step 9: Mount the tail light by tightening the four 8mm mounting bolts.
Step 10: Connect the wiring harness to the new assembly.
Step 13: Secure the wiring to the frame by pushing the small clasps back into place (they are likely WHITE in color).
Step 14: Reattach the trunk liner by inserting the retaining pins.
Step 15: Reattach the plastic panel near the trunk latch.
While we are more than happy to create these installation guides for your benefit, we cannot maintain any liability regarding the part, or the driving experience, once the part has been replaced/installed. We always guarantee the quality of the parts we provide, but the installation liability rests solely on the installer.
And, though we are always here to answer your questions, please note that our technicians created these guides for your convenience, and cannot provide assistance beyond this guide.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
01 2001, 00 2000 Nissan Maxima Tail Light Replacement Instructions