Removing overhead map light assembly

Tiny
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  • 2008 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 50,000 MILES
Don't want to break the support brackets so I came to this sight. Need to remove the overhead map light assembly to the car listed above S model with a 2.5 liter engine.
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Monday, November 29th, 2021 AT 1:56 PM

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Tiny
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Hi,

Are you only replacing the bulb? I ask because you can remove the lens cover to access the bulb.

First, I attached the directions in the pic below. The lens is held in by plastic clips, so it's important to be careful when removing it. You will simply need to gently pry down on one side of the lens at a time. (See pic below)

Let me know if this helps or if you have other questions.

Take care,

Joe

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Monday, November 29th, 2021 AT 7:49 PM
Tiny
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Thank you, Joe, for getting back to me so quickly. Much appreciated. No, I’m not changing lightbulbs. I’m getting ready to connect a Gntx homelink mirror to the 12-volt constant, 12-volt ignition, and ground that supplies the power to the overhead map lights. I looked at the videos on YouTube, and some of the guys were upset because they broke the support brackets when removing the assembly. I don’t want to make the same mistake.
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Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 AT 5:17 AM
Tiny
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Hi,

Okay, you need to remove the assembly to access the power supply. I attached those directions below. Here is the issue: If the vehicle has a sunroof, you can remove the assembly. However, if there is no sunroof, the assembly is an integral part of the headliner and can only be removed as an assembly.

Take a look at the directions and let me know if that helps.

Joe

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 AT 3:53 PM
Tiny
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Thanks Joe. I’ll let you know how I make out on Sunday. Don’t see any metal clips, but I’ll take a better look tomorrow.
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Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 AT 5:40 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

That sounds good. I assume you do have a sunroof. LOL Just take your time and be gentle. It should come apart for you.

Let me know.

Joe
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Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 AT 6:14 PM
Tiny
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Will do.
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Tuesday, November 30th, 2021 AT 6:41 PM
Tiny
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Hi Joe. Well, I was successful taking down the assembly but when I connected my multimeter to the three wires connected to the map light assembly two wires were continuous voltage and one was ground. Couldn’t find any ignition 12 volt anywhere up there so I will have to run it to the fuse box. Plan on running it to the cigarette lighter which I believe is 20 amps. I will combine the continuous wire and the ignition wire from the HomeLink together, but I don’t know what size amp I need to add to the fuse tap. I was thinking 15 amps, but I wanted to check with you first. Thanks, Jim.
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Sunday, December 5th, 2021 AT 10:22 AM
Tiny
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Hi,

If you are referring to the power outlet port, it appears to have power at all times as well. See pic below.

As far as the recommended amperage needed, is there anything indicated in the manual? I'm not sure how much power one draws.

Let me know.

Joe
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Sunday, December 5th, 2021 AT 3:52 PM
Tiny
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The car has no manual nor does the mirror but I I’ve seen a couple of videos that show a 10-amp fuse for a power mirror. I’ll keep looking.
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Sunday, December 5th, 2021 AT 8:44 PM
Tiny
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Joe thanks for your help. Just for future reference the guy who sold be the wire harness said the mirror draws one amp when the buttons are pressed. He said a two-amp fuse would be fine.
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Monday, December 6th, 2021 AT 11:03 AM
Tiny
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Thanks for the update. Certainly, a 2 amp sounds like the ticket. If possible, let me know when you get it working.

Take care,

Joe
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Monday, December 6th, 2021 AT 6:29 PM
Tiny
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Hi Joe. When you have a moment, please send me a picture or something on removing the driver's side pillar trim on a 2008 Nissan Altima.

Thank you,
Jim
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 AT 11:13 AM
Tiny
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Hi,

I attached what I have below. They are somewhat vague, but if I recall, everything is primarily held in with plastic clips.

Let me know if this helps or if I can help.

Take care,

Joe

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Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 AT 8:20 PM
Tiny
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Thanks Joe. Much appreciated.
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Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 AT 9:37 PM
Tiny
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You are very welcome. Let me know how things turn out for you.

Take care,

Joe
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Thursday, December 9th, 2021 AT 4:06 PM

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