Replacing the headlights in a Nissan 200SX requires more time than it does in many other cars. Because of the performance design of the motor and body, the engine compartment of a 200SX is packed with parts and accessories that fit together like an intricate puzzle. Though replacing the bulbs still follows the same basic principles as it does in other cars, it requires the removal and reinstallation of several engine components. Replacing the headlights on your Nissan 200SX may be challenging, but it is certainly doable.
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Things you need
- Cloth gloves
Pop the bonnet to your Nissan. The headlight assemblies are only accessible from the engine compartment.
Clear the area behind the bulb you are replacing. If you are replacing the passenger side bulb, you will need to remove the radiator overflow bottle. The bottle will unhook from its connective tube by pulling it toward the front of the car and up from the ground. If you are replacing the driver's side bulb, you may need to remove the battery. You will do this by unscrewing the positive (red) and negative (black) terminals that connect the battery to the engine, and then lifting the battery straight out of its housing.
Remove the electrical connection on the back of each headlight assembly. This will be a bundle of wires with a wide plug sticking into the back of the assembly.
Unlatch the plastic clip holding the headlight assembly case in place.
Pry the small metal clip holding the bulb using your fingers or a screwdriver. Be careful not to bend, break or damage the clip or the bulb.
Insert the replacement bulb into the headlight socket and reattach the metal clip that holds the bulb in place.
Relatch the plastic clip holding the headlight assembly case in place.
Reconnect the electrical connection to the back of the headlight assembly.
Replace the radiator overflow bottle or the battery, depending on which bulb you replaced.
Tips and warnings
- Wear cloth gloves when you are inserting the replacement bulb, as the oil from your fingers can cause the bulb to burn out or even shatter when it is turned on.
- You may not need to remove the battery if you are able to manipulate the headlight assembly on the driver's side in the small space provided.
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