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Old 04-13-2018, 01:04 PM   #11
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Take the belts off one at a time to see if you can determine which one it is.
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Thanks for all the advice everyone... after some trial and error, adjusting and a shitload of belt dressing, i have narrowed it down to a squeaking power steering pulley. i have a full fluid level so.. bearings? whole power steering pump?
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You get a rebuild kit for $15. Alot cheaper than a new pump and can be done with basic hand tools. Rockauto or similar should have it.
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Well after *more* trial and error I've discovered it wasn't power steering, but alternator belt. due to a tensioner bolt twisted in two and no longer tensioning. after a new belt ( and gates brand belt, just for good measure) i have solved the squeak. thanks for all the advice everyone.
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Okay so i have found something interesting... it appears the new bolt is being bent by the tensioner somehow, and probably this was the cause of the original bolt breaking. Familiar to anyone?
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Okay so i have found something interesting... it appears the new bolt is being bent by the tensioner somehow, and probably this was the cause of the original bolt breaking. Familiar to anyone?
My alternator tensioner bolt bent too, on my 1998 4-cylinder; make sure to adjust tension, and then tighten the two other alternator mounting bolts. From my thread http://www.infamousnissan.com/forum/...t=39952&page=2

"it was the day to replace the drive belts, at least two were a decade old. I removed the PS belt and loosened the AC belt and dropped that in place, was definitely the alternator/fan belt causing the start-up squeal. I bought the replacement belts from Rock Auto, Bando and Gates, all top quality and shipped from same warehouse. I noticed that the adjustment bolt for the alternator/fan belt was bent (top, actually bent more than the photo shows), so removed that and did not have a replacement that was of enough length and full 8 x 1.25mm thread. I used a slightly-shorter belt for the alternator/fan (Gates #7350 instead of #7355 detailed) and now I have more adjustment potential.




Since I had some parts yard bolts of same length but shorter thread (middle), I cut new threads on one (bottom). But i decided to bicycle to Ace hardware and they had bolt of correct length and full thread for $1.69 so I got that, but it's not JIS, uses a 13mm wrench.

Replacement of the belts was straightforward, but at first had a noise from the AC idler; even though the adjustment seemed pretty tight, I had to adjust it tighter because the AC idler was contacting the pulley on the compressor, making noise. There is just not much clearance there, maybe because my AC idler is Gates #36116 (aftermarket) as I replaced that like 5 years ago when the factory one seized.
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My alternator tensioner bolt bent too, on my 1998 4-cylinder; make sure to adjust tension, and then tighten the two other alternator mounting bolts. From my thread http://www.infamousnissan.com/forum/...t=39952&page=2

"it was the day to replace the drive belts, at least two were a decade old. I removed the PS belt and loosened the AC belt and dropped that in place, was definitely the alternator/fan belt causing the start-up squeal. I bought the replacement belts from Rock Auto, Bando and Gates, all top quality and shipped from same warehouse. I noticed that the adjustment bolt for the alternator/fan belt was bent (top, actually bent more than the photo shows), so removed that and did not have a replacement that was of enough length and full 8 x 1.25mm thread. I used a slightly-shorter belt for the alternator/fan (Gates #7350 instead of #7355 detailed) and now I have more adjustment potential.




Since I had some parts yard bolts of same length but shorter thread (middle), I cut new threads on one (bottom). But i decided to bicycle to Ace hardware and they had bolt of correct length and full thread for $1.69 so I got that, but it's not JIS, uses a 13mm wrench.

Replacement of the belts was straightforward, but at first had a noise from the AC idler; even though the adjustment seemed pretty tight, I had to adjust it tighter because the AC idler was contacting the pulley on the compressor, making noise. There is just not much clearance there, maybe because my AC idler is Gates #36116 (aftermarket) as I replaced that like 5 years ago when the factory one seized.
A+ advice, worked perfectly.
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