Originally Posted by webuser
How DIY friendly are "simple" maintenance items on the 2013 Altima?
Oil changes, air filter changes, cabin filter changes, bulb replacements etc.?
I found a video showing how to replace a headlight bulb and it was much more difficult than expected. On many cars, you can just open the hood, reach in and replace the bulb. The video shows needing to jack the car up, remove a wheel and then do quite a bit of dis-assembly to get to where the bulbs are located. I probably would not bother and just pay the dealer to replace a simple burnt out bulb.
The car has been out long enough that some people should have replaced their cabin filters by now.
I searched and can't find any directions showing how much work is required to change it that is specific to 2013 models.
On some cars you can just open the glove box door, reach in with your hands and swap it in 2 minutes. On other cars, you need to do quite a bit of interior dis-assembly with tools and is not very DIY friendly. So, most people will end up paying a dealer $75 or more to replace it and not even be sure it was really changed or even needed to be changed yet.
How is cabin filter replacement done on the 2013 Altimas?
If you are small enough, you can change the headlight bulb without raising the car. When I put my HID kit in, it took me about 1.5 hrs to do both since it was my first time. Now that I know what to do, it would probably take me about 30-45 mins to do both. To change the park and fog lights is almost the same procedure as the headlights. Changing the trunk bulb will take less than 5 mins. Can't speak on the rest of the bulbs since I haven't changed those yet.
As for the cabin air filter, you have to remove the glove box to get to it. There's instructions on how to remove the glove box on other product installation guides. Nissan Footwell Kit has instructions on how to remove it.
One of the fuse boxes under the hood is hard to open and IMO is even harder to replace the fuses because the fuses point down (the number on the fuse points downward) and the wiring doesn't allow much movement of the panel.
Cleaning bugs off the radiator wasn't difficult. Just have to remove the plastic covering that surrounds the hood release. Flat head screwdriver to remove all of the tabs and then the plastic covering comes up. Then just spray with a water hose and replace the cover and tabs.
Air filter isn't difficult. Haven't had to change mine yet, but have opened it to see. Just release the tabs and pull out the filter.
Those are all the maintenance tasks that I have done.
2013 Alitma 2.5 S Super Black
Mods Wish List:
DRL functionality (preferrably LED)
Tinted Windows 35%, LED trunk lighting, HID headlights, OEM Fog Light Kit, LED interior lighting