Step 2: Use the flathead screwdriver to disengage the retaining clip that holds the trunk liner in place (over the tail light mounting area).
The retaining clip is disengaged by pulling the center out.
Step 3: Disconnect the wiring harness and remove the clip that holds the wiring to the frame.
Step 4: Remove the four 8mm retaining bolts that hold the tail light assembly in place.
Step 5: You can now remove the tail light from the vehicle.
Nissan uses a sealant to prevent leaking, therefore, you may need to use some force to remove the tail light. We recommend simultaneously pushing from behind the assembly while pulling from the outside.
Step 6: Use the putty knife to remove as much of the residual sealant as possible.
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! If your particular model does not include new bulbs, turning the sockets counter-clockwise, removing them, and attaching them to the new assembly takes only a few moments!
Step 7: Apply the new sealant to the framework surrounding the tail light's mounting area.
You can unroll the sealant around the area, cut it when you have covered the area, and remove the paper covering.
Step 8: Mount the new tail light assembly.
Use the studs as guides and tightening the four 8mm mounting bolts.
Step 9: Connect the wiring harness to the new tail light assembly.
Step 10: Secure the trunk liner by re-engaging the retaining clip.
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
06 2006, 05 2005, 04 2004 Nissan Sentra Tail Light Replacement Instructions