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Old 04-02-2011, 08:38 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default How To Replace Alternator & Power Steering Belts

Here are steps for replacing alternator & power steering belts:

1. Remove undercover.

2. Fully loosen each belt. Remove generator and air conditioner compressor belt and then power steering oil pump belt.

a. Loosen idler pulley lock nut (A)

b. Loosen adjusting bolt (B).

c. Remove Alternator and Compressor belt

d. Loosen adjusting bolt (C).

e. Loosen power steering oil pump bolt (D). NOTE: Bolt head (D) is at the engine rear side.

f. Adjust by turning the adjusting bolt (E).

g. Remove Power Steering belt.
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(A) You get to this one from underneath. 14mm wrench
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(B) You get to this one from the top side. 14mm socket with universal swivel adapter because you don't have a straight shot on this one.
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(C) & (E) You get to the from underneath. 12mm wrench for C & 12mm socket for E.
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(D) This one is a little tough to get to. You can see in the pics below. I couldn't get a clear pic of the bolt head but once you get under the car and look back in there, you will see it. I used a 3/8" drive 14mm with a universal swivel adapter and two 12" extensions. Going over the exhaust gave me the best position for the best leverage to loosen and tighten the bolt.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:03 PM   #2
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Default Re: Atl & P/S belt replacement

Great write up!! Loosening D is not really needed, Jus C. I thinkn u got E n D mixed up. E is the adjusting bolt.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:07 PM   Thread Starter #3
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Default Re: Atl & P/S belt replacement

I couldn't get the P/S pump to swivel without loosening D.
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Default Re: Atl & P/S belt replacement

Thread stuck!

Good job.
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Default Re: Atl & P/S belt replacement

Nice job indeed. I may have another go at changing the power steering belt. Just have to get another 12" extension and swivel joint. I tried like hell getting that bolt on the pack of the power steering pump to break free but i just could not get the leverage that i needed when i put in the 250amp alternator with a new belt.
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Thanks Cgoss for the very useful information.
Precise instructions with good photographs.
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Default re: How To Replace Alternator & Power Steering Belts

Thanks guys. I didn't remember seeing a write up on this so I figured I would do one being that I didn't have a whole lot going on.
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Default re: How To Replace Alternator & Power Steering Belts

im dojng this tomorrow!! tightening the power steering belt that is!
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Default re: How To Replace Alternator & Power Steering Belts

Just saw this, good write-up Chris!!!

I also couldn't get that damn P/S bolt off, but that's a good idea with the swivel and 27 foot extention, LOL! Gotta try that soon.
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Just saw this, good write-up Chris!!!

I also couldn't get that damn P/S bolt off, but that's a good idea with the swivel and 27 foot extention, LOL! Gotta try that soon.
Of you can pay the dealer $125 to replace both belts and call it a day.
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Of you can pay the dealer $125 to replace both belts and call it a day.
why the heck would anyone want to do that?
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Of you can pay the dealer $125 to replace both belts and call it a day.
Nah, I'll give it a try again. The belt wasn't bad before, but I should give it another try to take it off.
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Default re: How To Replace Alternator & Power Steering Belts

ok i just got done doing this. all i need to do was to tighten up my PS belt, not replace it. i think i did it right cuz i avoided both letter D and just messed around with C and E. i'll report back to confirm if everything is all right
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Default re: How To Replace Alternator & Power Steering Belts

all right update: just to tighten it, you wont need to mess with the letter D bolt, just C and E
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i have to do this ASAP my 04 maxima belts has cracks
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I had to loosen bolt D. Steering pump wouldn’t lower without it


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