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Nissan Altima (L32) 2007-2012 Service Manual: Replacement operations


This section is prepared for technicians who have attained a high level of skill and experience in repairing collision- damaged vehicles and also use modern service tools and equipment. Persons unfamiliar with body repair techniques should not attempt to repair collision-damaged vehicles by using this section.

Technicians are also encouraged to read Body Repair Manual (Fundamentals) in order to ensure that the original functions and quality of the vehicle can be maintained. The Body Repair Manual (Fundamentals) contains additional information, including cautions and warning, that are not including in this manual. Technicians should refer to both manuals to ensure proper repairs.

Please note that these information are prepared for worldwide usage, and as such, certain procedures might not apply in some regions or countries.

The symbols used in this section for cutting and welding / brazing operations are shown below.

• Front pillar butt joint can be determined anywhere within shaded area as shown in the figure. The best location for the butt joint is at position A due to the construction of the vehicle. Refer to the front pillar section.

• Determine cutting position and record distance from the locating indent. Use this distance when cutting the service part. Cut outer front pillar over 60 mm above inner front pillar cut position.

• Prepare a cutting jig to make outer pillar easier to cut. Also, this will permit service part to be accurately cut at joint position.

• An example of cutting operation using a cutting jig is as follows.

1. Mark cutting lines.

A: Cut position of outer pillar

B: Cut position of inner pillar

2. Align cutting line with notch on jig. Clamp jig to pillar.

3. Cut outer pillar along groove of jig. (At position A) 4. Remove jig and cut remaining portions.

5. Cut inner pillar at position B in same manner.


Change parts

Front strut housing (LH)

 Upper front hoodledge

 Upper front hoodledge

 Hoodledge connector

 Radiator core support upper

Hoodledge reinforcement rear

Front Side Member

• Work after hoodledge partial has been removed.

Change parts

 Front side member rear assembly

●  Front side member rear reinforcement

 Front suspension member plate

 Front side member outrigger assembly

Front side member rear closing plate assembly

Front Side Member (Partial Replacement)

Change parts

 Front side member front assembly

  Front side member front closing plate

  Radiator core side support

Front Pillar


• Work after hoodledge and hoodledge reinforcement rear has been removed.

Change parts

 Front pillar section of body side outer


• Work after front pillar outer has been removed.

Change parts

Front pillar upper reinforcement

Front pillar lower reinforcement


• Work after front pillar reinforcement has been removed.

Change parts

 Front pillar inner reinforcement

Dash Side

Work with front pillar reinforcement removed.

Change parts

 Dash side

Center Pillar


Change parts

 Center pillar portion of body side outer

 Center pillar reinforcement


Work after center pillar outer and outer sill have been removed.

Change parts

 Center pillar inner

Outer Sill

Work after the front pillar reinforcement, center pillar reinforcement, and rear fender have been removed.

Change parts

 Outer sill reinforcement

A. 24Nm (2.4Kg-m, 18lb-ft)

Rear Fender

Change parts

Rear fender

Rear Panel

Change parts

 Rear panel assembly

Rear Floor Rear

• Work after rear panel assembly has been removed.

Change parts

Rear floor rear

Rear Side Member Extension

• Work after rear panel assembly has been removed.

Change parts

 Rear side member extension

Foam Repair

During factory assembly, foam insulators are installed in certain body panels and locations around the vehicle.

Use the following procedure(s) to replace any factory-installed foam insulators.


Use commercially available spray for sealant (foam material) repair of material used on vehicle. Read instructions on product for fill procedures.


1. Fill procedures after installation service part.

• Remove foam material remaining on vehicle side.

• Clean area in which foam was removed.

• Install service part.

• Insert nozzle into hole near fill area and fill foam material or fill in enough to close gap with service part.

2. Fill procedures before installation service part • Remove foam material remaining on vehicle side.

• Clean area in which foam material on wheelhouse outer side.

NOTE: Fill in enough to close gap with service part while avoiding flange area.

• Install service part.

NOTE: Refer to label for information on working times.

1. Body side outer

2. Body side insulation (foam) upper front pillar

3. Body side insulation (foam) front pillar

4. Roof panel assembly

5. Roof panel insulation (foam) front roof rail

6. Body side insulation (foam) rear pillar

7. Body side insulation (foam) rear pillar lower

8. Body side insulation strip, front pillar lower reinforcement

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