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Old 03-06-2013, 12:11 PM   Thread Starter #1
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According to this thread Symptoms of a Bad Power Steering Pump I probably need a new power steering pump. But I can't find any info on changing it out. I need help! @BurntOrangeAppeal @NiZMo1o1
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Get a copy of the FSM for your car. It'll have step by step instructions
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its not hard to replace , once you have the belt off , you need to get the banjo fittings off, and make sure to catch the washers , it was PITA to do on jack stands because when your laying on your back , hardly any leverage iirc , I change the high pressure line , which was a PITA, you don't really need to take the wheels off but you may if you want more room and not second guess yourself if you think you need more room and you have big hands , ( I had mines off ) , some say you need to take the tie rod off but you can move it around down , you will need to bled the system when its done as well.

you will need 12mm 14mm , 19mm and 24mm box end wrench

the 24mm is need for the pressure line banjo fitting nut which can be pretty mess up way to get to
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Originally Posted by NiZMo1o1 View Post
its not hard to replace , once you have the belt off , you need to get the banjo fittings off, and make sure to catch the washers , it was PITA to do on jack stands because when your laying on your back , hardly any leverage iirc , I change the high pressure line , which was a PITA, you don't really need to take the wheels off but you may if you want more room and not second guess yourself if you think you need more room and you have big hands , ( I had mines off ) , some say you need to take the tie rod off but you can move it around down , you will need to bled the system when its done as well.

you will need 12mm 14mm , 19mm and 24mm box end wrench

the 24mm is need for the pressure line banjo fitting nut which can be pretty mess up way to get to
That doesn't sound like a lot of fun. Any idea on how many hours if a shop did it?
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Wow, this amazing how things pop up in this forum.

After my service at the dealership today, my car is squealing at startup. So, indicating possible power steering problem? I think the dealership did something to my car, as they told me to replace the fluid and I declined the service.

I too have to look into this tomorrow when I wake up to check my car in the morning.
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Originally Posted by officerfrasher View Post


That doesn't sound like a lot of fun. Any idea on how many hours if a shop did it?

I want to say 2.5 hours if a dealer charges , I could be wrong its been so long since Ive even charged anyone by the hour to do something like this.

BurntOrange may have a better ideal hours ?

BTW I really miss my6thgen and question like these make me miss torquing wrenches or welding something daily... Good Luck James
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Wow, this amazing how things pop up in this forum.

After my service at the dealership today, my car is squealing at startup. So, indicating possible power steering problem? I think the dealership did something to my car, as they told me to replace the fluid and I declined the service.

I too have to look into this tomorrow when I wake up to check my car in the morning.
they didnt tighten the belt enough , sometimes they tighten too much that the belt has no slack and can lead to failure belt or worse, I would check the belt for slack first , make sure the belt doesnt have any cracks, it would be a good time to change that if it does.
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Originally Posted by NiZMo1o1 View Post
they didnt tighten the belt enough , sometimes they tighten too much that the belt has no slack and can lead to failure belt or worse, I would check the belt for slack first , make sure the belt doesnt have any cracks, it would be a good time to change that if it does.
Thanks a lot for your suggestion. I changed the belts at 140,000 miles. My car as of today has 149,810 miles. So, I am hoping it is not a crack. But tomorrow, I might be taking it to the mechanic who installed my new belts to have him do as you say: check belt for slack, make sure no cracks and adjust as required.

I will update if I do this. Thanks again.
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It might be that time for me as well to change my power steering pump... Sounds like a lite job..
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It might be that time for me as well to change my power steering pump... Sounds like a lite job..
The 24mm banjo bolt on pressure side is a PITA as stated above. Ive fabbed a specific tool just for that job. I will try to post a pic of it sonetime this week.
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The 24mm banjo bolt on pressure side is a PITA as stated above. Ive fabbed a specific tool just for that job. I will try to post a pic of it sonetime this week.
Plz let me know.. Iffy about driving my car after I've done my research on the Power steering pump.. Ready to get the parts and bang it out.. Just need a little picture help with that pressure line bolt...
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Plz let me know.. Iffy about driving my car after I've done my research on the Power steering pump.. Ready to get the parts and bang it out.. Just need a little picture help with that pressure line bolt...
Sorry, been busy and forgot about this, I remembered the moment I had to reach into that the drawer in the tool box
Here is what ive done just for this PITA job. Cut a 24mm wrench of your choice and welded it onto a 3/8 extension handle.(you could do 1/2 I just had a broken 3/8 extension. I use long extensions and this elevates my work over on top of bank 1 cylinder head. Hope this helps you guys out.

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Hey Dan, would a "crow's foot" wrench do the same thing?
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Hey Dan, would a "crow's foot" wrench do the same thing?
Crow foot does work but I find out they bend unless you spend money on a a older gen snapon or mac etc. Crow foot. As this is a 24 mm its not easy to find.The new chineese orgin stuff is junk and bends. I also have another one like this that has the other wrench side (closed end) I use the open end to crack it loose and do a few turns then switch to the closed end and just take the banjo bolt the rest of the way out. You couldnt do this the other way as the banjo bolt doesnt leave you a lot of side grip for the pressure required to crack it loose due to the line sticking on the side. I hope this makes sense.
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Okay, since I have taken this pump off 3+ times since removing my engine, I'm gonna go ahead and help you out as this is your first time tackling a P/S pump. However, let me warn you: you're gonna be cursing if you're not patient with this kind of stuff. However, since you don't wanna pay Nissan an arm and a leg (no one blames you), let's begin.

The pump is put on in such a dumb way, that you'll have to be working from underneath the car in order to get to the 14mm bolt. There's only one bolt that mounts it to the engine, but it's a real pita to get to. If you have an impact wrench, that's by far your best bet. Especially if you'll be laying on your back (doing this is a breeze with the engine lifted 2 feet out of the car). In addition to the impact wrench, get yourself a nice swivel socket. I know they make impact swivel sockets, but ain't nobody got time fo daat. A chrome socket will work for this.
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In my picture, this is my neighbors extension piece, and this is the longest one he had. Since I have my engine out, it wasn't really a problem, but I know for sure that you'll need at least 2 feet of extension to reach the bolt.

Once you have your little set up going, you will want to do everything to find this bolt (the bolt slips through the 2 blue holes in my picture. These are the bolt holes and the pump sits between). In my picture, you don't see a pump, because the engine is sitting on the floor and you MUST remove this pump (or tediously remove the ps fluid) to get the engine free. In your case, you will probably want to go from above the flex pipe that connects the exhaust manifold to the catback system. This is the black and white part where you need to simply do whatever it takes to slip the 14mm socket over the bolt and get it loose.
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Once you have it loose, you'll need to loosen the idler pulley on the accessory belt in order to get the power steering belt to come off the harmonic balancer. (The big crank pulley with 2 different diameters of grooves for the 2 belts.
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E. This is the power steering pump belt tensioner that you need to tighten to the correct amount, get a feel of the other belt before you remove it, to get an idea how much tension is on it. You'll be doing this through the Passenger side wheel well. It's not hard, but it just took me about 4-5 hours on my first time, but hey.. I'm only 18 and already saved the labor of Nissan having to do this. I strongly advise you do it yourself (IF you're confident that you can do it with enough patience, because the worst case scenario is you'll be towing your car to a shop, but that's what AAA is for :p)

Good luck, if you have any questions, or any of this is unclear, feel free to PM me since this pump seems to like me installing/uninstalling it -.-

edit: I just realized you need to change the whole pump. How long of a time frame can you put on this? Do you need the car back immediately?

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