On my 94 Prizm, that plastic plug has an O-ring on the other side of the body, the thing to do is pull the light assy straight back, maybe by leveraging a flat screwdriver where the light assy has curved around to the side of the rear. Then you clearly see how it goes back on and how leaving out one screw can really screw things up, I almost cut that plastic nut.
Go inside the trunk and remove the nuts from inside and pull the assembly out.
The entire taillight comes off as an assembly, and is not designed to be taken apart. To change a light bulb: 1. Inside the trunk look on the back side of the taillight near the quarter panel. There will be 3 nuts, the center nut holds the taillight assembly in place, remove that nut. 2. Pull the assembly rearward enough to bring the stud out from the header panel, then pull the tab out of the license plate light assembly. 3. Remove the socket that needs a new bulb and replace the bulb, then slide the taillight assembly back in place and put the nut back on.
I believe you have to unscrew a couple bolts on the inside of the truck bed to get the taillight assembly off the truck then you can unscrew the light sockets and replace the burnt out bulb
inside the bed of the truck right behind the taillights there are two screws, you simply loosen them and the taillight pops right out. a real easy job . Daniel - tucson AZ
There are 4 wing nuts that hold them in place inside of the trunk. Two are exposed and two are under the trunck liner on the backside of the taillight.Take off the 4 wing nuts and you should be able to remove the taillight assembly.Also included is a how-to video of this process.
Inside the trunk on either side of the car are entry panels to the taillights. Remove the cover and unscrew the bolts that hold the taillight onto the back of the car body. Remove the taillight assembly and replace bulb(s).
From the inside.
Open Tailgate and locate two 10mm hex bolts on inside edge near taillight. Remove two bolts (each bolt has a lock washer and std. washer). Gently, but forcefully, pull taillight assembly back away from the truck. That is, in the direction going from the front of the truck to the rear. There should be two indents on the inside edge of the taillight assembly where it meets the bed of the truck. You can pull on those while supporting/pulling the outside edge of the taillight assembly where it meets the rear quarter panel. Once the bolts are remove, the only thing holding it to the truck is two metal pins that are inserted into two grommets in the truck quarter panel. It takes some force to pull out but if you do it gently and have a firm grip, it will come. Be careful not to torque the assembly to one side when you pull - pull straight back. Installation is just the reverse. Make sure you have the lock washer on the bolt first followed by the std. washer.
open trunk,pull back inside lining to trunk,there should be 3 or 4 plastic nuts to take off. then pull out light assembly.
take the rear plastic piece off inside the car, remove all the bolts, pull the assembly out, and unhook the wires. really easy
there are two screws on the inside of the taillight and then you have to slide it out from two brackets, if you can't get the brackets out you may have to pop out the plastic tabs.
It is inside the shifter assembly.It is inside the shifter assembly.
From inside the trunk you remove the three or four finger nuts to remove the entire taillight assembly. Once you get it removed you'll see the light plugs on the backside.
Inside the trunk, pull the grey feltlike covering away from the taillight area. The bulbs are held in individual holders that you turn about a quarter turn to release. You can then replace the bulb in the holder and put it back in the taillight assembly and turn the opposite direction until it clicks in place. A lot easier than having to remove the whole assembly to do like a lot of other cars.
There's one screw on the outside holding the taillight on and also a wing nut on the inside of the car that you can take off by hand.
Open the liftgate. Remove the two Phillips screws on the tail lamp assembly. Grasp the edge of the assembly with both hands and give a swift jerk away to pop it loose. It may feel like it's hanging up inside but you have to apply quite a bit of force to pop it loose.
Open hatch. Theres an access hole inside towards taillight. Unscrew plastic knob by hand. Along side of taillight -(outside of car)- in the drip rail- there is a Philips head screw. Undo this and pop taillight assembly out. Turn bulb holder to remove. Reverse process to install
In order to replace the bulb you have to remove the whole taillight. To remove the taillight you have to 1) remove the clips that are holding the carpet to the side wall of the truck. 2) You need to remove the two screws that are holding the taillight on just outside the openning of the trunk. 3) Remove the two plastic clips that hold the back part of the taillight on, just inside the truck, under the carpet on the side wall of the trunk. Once you've removed those, remove the rubber seal that holds the wires to the body of the car. Again just inside the truck under the side wall carpet. Now the taillight can be removed from the body of the car. Pull it away from the car gently and you should be able to loosen the lightbulb assembly from the taillight with a slight twist. It might be a little stiff, but just a little twist and the assebly should come free from the taillight. Once the assembly is away from the taillight, pull the old bulb off and replace with the new bulb and repeat the sets in reverse order to put it back to together. This took me all of 15 mins to do, just make sure that you don't brake the plastic clips as the side wall carpet won't stay up with out them.
remove the 2 screws from inside the bed(if you have a bedliner you may have to pull up on the bedliner to see them) once you have those out, it should just pop out, and the lights unscrew from the back of the assembly
there are two screws or bolts that hold rear light assembly located on inside of bed (10mm wrench) remove these and the complete light assembly comes out. do not remember which light is taillight but which ever one isn't working is the one you replace. There are 3 bulb retainers in the rear light assembly. Turn whichever bulb retainer you need to replace counter clockwise and it will come out and bulb is then accessible. If you are having constant problems with this, you may have the same problem I had and there is a recall on taillight assembly and Nissan will replace it for free. just had mine done.
This is an easy one. Remove the two screws that hold the taillight to the body. They are located just inside the tailgate. The taillight has two tabs the fit into slots opposite the screws, so you'll need to swing the assembly as if you're opening it like a door. The brake light is the top bulb on the back of the taillight. This is assuming that you weren't referring to the "3rd eye" brake light, which I haven't done.
Taillight bulb replacment/Taillight housing replacement * Remove the rear inside trunk finishing panel to access the taillight housing mounting nuts * Free the grommet for the taillight electrical harness and the three taillight housing nuts then pull off the taillight housing * Rotate the bulb socket counterclockwise and pull it out of the taillight housing * To remove the bulb from the socket pull it straight out.To install a new bulb in the socket push it straight into the socket until it stops
On my 2000 Frontier I had a heck of a time figuring out how to replace the rear light bulbs. The answer for me was to remove the brass plate hinge for the rear extender bars. The two bolts securing that hinge to the side of the bed also secure the tail light assembly. The bolts are located about five inches from the edge of the taillight assy. Once you remove the plate's top and bottom bolts, you should be able to wiggle the taillight assembly free. You can verify these bolts secure the taillight assy in place by simple wiggling the taillight assy while looking through the bolt holes. You should be able to see the internal bracket of the taillight assembly sliding back and forth behind the two holes. It takes a little force to remove the taillight assy. Once it is removed you can replace your bulbs and snap the taillight assy back into place. Here's where the fun comes in. You must take your time when reinserting the two bolts. Make sure they capture the threads of the taillight assy mounting bracket - which of course will now be hidden from your view as it is inside/behind the bed liner. You might have to play with the top and bottom bolts until they "bite" into the taillight mounting bracket threads. Then simply tighten them up to secure the extender bracket back in place
it has wing nuts on it to hold it in place, it comes off by opening the trunk and the wing nuts are in back of the taillight inside the trunk.
* Remove the rear inside trunk finishing panel to access the taillight housing mounting nuts * Free the grommet for the taillight electrical harness and the three taillight housing nuts then pull off the taillight housing * Rotate the bulb socket counterclockwise and pull it out of the taillight housing * To remove the bulb from the socket pull it straight out.To install a new bulb in the socket push it straight into the socket until it stops