How do you change a headlight bulb in a 1996 Nissan Maxima?
There is a retaining ring at the front of the receptacle stem,
which locks the light into place. This has to be rotated
counter-clockwise to loosen the fixture first. Once the ring is
loose, the assembly will fall out easily.
There is a retaining hook built into the light and a latch on
top of the receptacle you must loosen to free it. When you pull up
on the this latch far enough, you will be able to pull the light
out and replace it.
Place everything back in the right order and you're done!