mux
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Re: Replacing Nissan Leaf fog light bulbs

Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:50 am

The Euro DRL assembly is compatible with the US bodywork; you can retrofit DRLs from ebay (there is a german guy offering lots of Leaf parts all the time) into your Leaf.

Also very interesting to hear that there is still a healthy stream of US Leafs coming into the EU. These importers are making an absolute killing on these cars; buying them for a couple thousand in the US and reselling them for €10k+ in Europe. Awesome business model.

johnleaf
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Re: Replacing Nissan Leaf fog light bulbs

Sat Apr 07, 2018 7:54 am

Ok. I did it and yes it's more than 5 minutes! I found a PDF of the Leaf manual and it just said go to the garage.

My fog lamp was pushed in on the bottom therefore pointing seriously to the ground. Here's my "how to" for my 2015 Leaf that was probably made in the UK.

There's a splash guard under the bumper - very securely held with 4, 10mm head bolts. Then the wheel arch cover behind that needs to be released - 3 more bolts and a retainer clip. Then I took out 6 more retaining clips from under the wheel arch (the wheel is off - forgot to say) working from the front. Eventually, the cover will become sufficiently loose to allow it to be pulled down past the bumper and I was able to push it behind the wheel. You can access the fog lamp now. 3 more bolts hold the lamp to a bracket which is held to the bumper. In my case, the bracket had pushed off the bumper clip. I took off the lamp, resecured the bracket and put everything back together. I just hope I didn't blow a bulb in the process. Another similarity with it's sister manufacturer - a brute to get at some bulbs!

Pomonabill220
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Re: Replacing Nissan Leaf fog light bulbs

Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:21 am

It amazes me that it is SO difficult and involved to even just change the fog lamp in something that is going to burn out!!!
Seems like these things are not designed very well.
I still love my 2018 Leaf, but jeeze!!!!
Mine are pointing down at the ground right from the dealer!

Pomonabill220
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Re: Replacing Nissan Leaf fog light bulbs

Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:05 am

Well after taking the time to remove all the undercarriage covers and folding back the plastic covers, I removed one of the fog lights and found the adjuster!
It is accessed through a hole in the bumper for vertical adjustment with a screwdriver or 1/4" hex driver. Just a pain to find the adjuster since you are working blind, but it is a straight shot vertically, and isn't too bad to find.
I put some 60 watt led lights in them, but they are way too bright and the beam isn't focused like the low beam projectors are, so I will be getting some lower wattage lights to put in them.

Still haven't found a way to adjust the low beam projectors though! I have a hard time believing they are not adjustable! If anyone has a clue how to adjust the low beam projectors on a 2018, I would appreciate at least a hint.
The only adjuster on the head light assembly is for the high beam reflectors (that I could find).

LeftieBiker
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Re: Replacing Nissan Leaf fog light bulbs

Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:42 am

Are the OEM bulbs halogens, then? If those things blow, they definitely need to be replaced with LEDs, to avoid having to do it again! I'll have to remember to make sure mine work and are aligned.

Has anyone looked into using tinted film to make these "fog lights" into actual Fog Lights?
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Pomonabill220
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Re: Replacing Nissan Leaf fog light bulbs

Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:51 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:Are the OEM bulbs halogens, then? If those things blow, they definitely need to be replaced with LEDs, to avoid having to do it again! I'll have to remember to make sure mine work and are aligned.

Has anyone looked into using tinted film to make these "fog lights" into actual Fog Lights?


Hi LB.
Yes, the oems are halogen 35 watt. Still baffles me why Nissan designed them this way as they are going to fail eventually, and need replacement.
Once you know how to get there though, it isn't TOO bad, but still MORE effort than it should be.

If a photo of the adjustment hole would help, I can take a picture and put it here. Let me know!

LeftieBiker
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Re: Replacing Nissan Leaf fog light bulbs

Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:56 pm

That photo would certainly be helpful for someone. Thanks.
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Pomonabill220
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Re: Replacing Nissan Leaf fog light bulbs

Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:56 pm

Sure no problem only thing is it's raining right now and a little dark so I'll have to get it hopefully tomorrow Tuesday or maybe Wednesday.

LeftieBiker
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Re: Replacing Nissan Leaf fog light bulbs

Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:16 pm

No hurry!
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Pomonabill220
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Re: Replacing Nissan Leaf fog light bulbs

Wed May 02, 2018 7:54 pm

Here are some pictures of the 1/4" allen driver that I used. The driver is about 10 inches long (see pic.), and about 4 1/2" of the driver goes into the bumper to drive the adjuster.
It's a little tricky to find the adjuster, but it is pretty much straight up.

RATS! I can't post pictures! How do I upload pictures from my computer?

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