Pickup 1997

Accessory Drive Belts

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Adjustment



A/C Compressor Belt

Specific to:

Nissan Pickup 1996-1997

Tension on the air conditioning compressor belt is adjusted by means of an idler pulley.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    NOTE
    If working near and/or around the SRS system and components, be sure to disable the SRS system. After disabling the system wait three minutes or more before servicing the vehicle. Disconnect the air bag module connector.



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    Fig. Air bag module connector location

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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Loosen the locknut, then turn the adjusting bolt on the idler pulley until the desired tension is achieved.
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  7. Tighten the idler pulley locknut. If a new belt has been installed, always recheck the tension after a few hundred miles of driving.

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    Fig. Drive belt(s) and related components

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  9. Use the CONSULT-III diagnostic tool, or equivalent, perform the SRS self diagnostic test and any reconnect/relearn procedures, as required.
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Alternator Belt

Specific to:

Nissan Pickup 1996-1997

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    NOTE
    If working near and/or around the SRS system and components, be sure to disable the SRS system. After disabling the system wait three minutes or more before servicing the vehicle. Disconnect the air bag module connector.



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    Fig. Air bag module connector location

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  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  5. Loosen the pivot and mounting bolts on the alternator.
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  7. Using a wooden hammer handle or broomstick (or even your hand if you're strong enough), move the alternator one way or the other until the tension is within acceptable limits.
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Never use a screwdriver or any other metal device, such as a prybar, as a lever when adjusting the alternator belt tension!

  1. Tighten the mounting bolts securely. If a new belt has been installed, always recheck the tension after a few hundred miles of driving.

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    Fig. Drive belt(s) and related components

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  3. Using the CONSULT-III diagnostic tool, or equivalent, perform the SRS self diagnostic test and any reconnect/relearn procedures, as required.
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Power Steering Pump

Specific to:

Nissan Pickup 1996-1997

Tension on the power steering pump belt is adjusted by means of an idler pulley.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    NOTE
    If working near and/or around the SRS system and components, be sure to disable the SRS system. After disabling the system wait three minutes or more before servicing the vehicle. Disconnect the air bag module connector.



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    Fig. Air bag module connector location

  2.  
  3. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  4.  
  5. Loosen the locknut, then turn the adjusting bolt on the idler pulley until the desired tension is achieved.
  6.  
  7. Tighten the idler pulley locknut. If a new belt has been installed, always recheck the tension after a few hundred miles of driving.

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    Fig. Drive belt(s) and related components

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  9. Using the CONSULT-III diagnostic tool, or equivalent, perform the SRS self diagnostic test and any reconnect/relearn procedures, as required.
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Belt Routings



Specific to:

Nissan Pickup 1996-1997



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Fig. Drive belt routing

Inspection



Specific to:

Nissan Pickup 1996-1997

  1. Inspect the belts for signs of glazing or cracking. A glazed belt will be perfectly smooth from slippage, while a good belt will have a slight texture of fabric visible. Cracks will generally start at the inner edge of the belt and run outward. Replace the belt at the first sign of cracking or if the glazing is severe.
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  3. By placing your thumb midway between the two pulleys, it should be possible to depress the belt 1 / 4 - 1 / 2 in. (6-13mm). If any of the belts can be depressed more than this, or cannot be depressed this much, adjust the tension. Inadequate tension will result in slippage or wear, while excessive tension will damage pulley bearings and cause belts to fray and crack.
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  5. It's not a bad idea to replace all drive belts at 60,000 miles (96,000 km) or 48 months, regardless of their condition.
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