The rotating lock washer will not rotate the unlocked position while the connector is still on the 9006 bulb. To gain access to the headlamp socket, you must remove the coolant resvoir on the passenger's side or the battery on the drivers side. Second and a half, Are you replacing with same size unit? Make sure that the air box is properly aligned with it and the ï¿½ram airï¿½ intake. Reconnect the paper clip onto the c shaped bar. Also, if not sure which way the lock ring rotates, take a gander at it. When I searched out this question, I was confused on the answers I got.
I suggest that you see how the bulb goes in so it aligns correctly. Be sure to test the lights. Do it the right way by unbolting the radiator support and such. The tool fits on a regular ratchet and makes adjusting the piston a breeze compared to using the needle nose pliers I used before I got the tool. Locate the locking ring on the back of the headlight assembly and turn it counterclockwise to unlock it.
Once you get all the junk out of the way the air box on the driver's side and the radiator overflow on the passenger side you will see a 10 mm bolt right in the middle of the headlight assembly. You have to figure out which little square goes where on the lamp assembly. The headlight bulb is the part to replace on the 96 Sentra, unless the whole headlight unit was damaged. Make sure that the air box is properly aligned with it. If necessary, wipe off any dirt or oil from the bulb with rubbing alcohol before completeing installation. Due to age or build-up of road grime and dirt, it doesn't easily pass by the metal frame against which it hits to form the detent. I put a mark on the cover before I took it off and then I put another mark on the lamp assembly, aligned with the mark on the cover, after I turned the cover to remove it.
It takes a little force because it is held in place by two rubber-male shaped plugs that go into holes. Note: I found it difficult to align the covers behind the lights. Loo … ks like it was made from an old coat hanger. The bulbs screw in from the rear. That will free up the cable allowing you to remove the bulb. Replace the cap so nothing falls in. That too is bolted to the fender with a 10 mm head bolt.
There are 4 plastic push pins on this assembly. This type of transmission requires a professional tear down and overhaul to remove and replace the transmission filter assembly. It has a rubber gasket so it might take a little tugging to get it free. Move the bottle and place it in an upright position between the radiator and the dipstick if the engine is cold or on top of the grille by the hood release. I found that by inserting the flat edge of a flat blade screwdriver in between the formed metal strip and the frame, while pulling up on the tab, makes removal of the tab much easier. Note: I found it difficult to align the covers behind the lights.
Pop the new bulb in the exact way the old one was and the prongs should just snap on the new bulbs nob and hold it tight. Once you have this out, the bulbs are easy to access. This ring holds the bulb in place. Don't know how critical that is. Then pull out the old bulb. Position the plastic ring and turn it ccw until it clicks into place. You will notice that the overflow rubber tube will lift off the windshield-washer bottle cap.
Now the bulb is secure and does not wiggle. It was hinged at the bottom so it didn't go anywhere. Here's some changes to reflect ground plate addition recall due to headlight ground problems. You can then lift the top of the air box out of the way. Loosen the steel clamp on the flexible rubber intake tube running toward the top of the engine to make this easier. Push down on the top arm of the spring and move it up and out of the latch. Replacing the air box: 4 Align the air boxï¿½s two pointed rubber connectors with their holes and push down hard.
First push it down towards the front of the car , then push it to the left toward the passenger side. Doing this will make it easy to reinstall the cover. One thing to note: the 9006 lamp bulb itself won't turn, but the larger, dark gray locking ring does turn to release it. Position the new bulb in according to the locating tabs--concentrate on the 12 o'clock positioned locating pin. Strangest bulb I've ever seen, secured by a fancy spring clip and two screws, and widely spaced push-on terminals fed by individual wires.
I got them both replaced for no charge. There is a wire that holds the bulb in. Line up the replacement headlight bulb with the socket. When the ring is in the locked position, the tab will be at one end of this curved slot that travels around it. On the bottom of the bulb housing you will see a little ring. Gently pry only the center plug of the pin up.
I signed up for this just to say thank to everyone for this info. Once the center plug is up they come right out. Peel back the black rubber gasket that covers the bulb. This one is a real pain to get off. If you are replacing the driver side light.