NISSAN Pictures of how I replaced the air conditioning belt and power steering belt on my 87-95 Nissan Pathfinder.

I was super bummed. My air conditioner went out. The fan still blew but the air got no colder. 20 years and it had always blown ice cold and never run low on freon. Total failure must mean the pump is broken or there is a huge hole somewhere.
I guess I better get in there and take a look. Hold on to your wallet. Prepare for the worst.

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. Huh. Something is wrong in this picture.

  2. After a lot of thought I narrowed it down to a broken belt. I got a new belt at the stupid mart because they are close and open at this ungodly hour or 9 in the AM. Too early for a beer? I also had a new power steering belt from when I changed the alternator belt a decade ago but the p/s belt was ok so I saved it.

  3. There are three belts, the alternator belt is the innermost the p/s belt the outermost, and the A/C belt in the middle. Since I changed the alternator belt a mere decade ago, I will leave it alone. Since I have to take off the p/s belt to get to the A/C belt, I will change the p/s belt too.

  4. How the hell do I loosen the power steering pump to get the belt off? Down here?

  5. Over here?

  6. Behind here?

  7. Where the hell am I?

  8. HEY! In the wheel well.

  9. I loosen the long bolt that tightens the p/s pump, but it does not move...

  10. Until I also loosen the bolt that holds the slidey bit that is on the long bolt that tightens the p/s pump. Duh. Obviously. Both 12mm. I can pull the p/s pump a bit and get the belt off.

  11. To get the A/C belt on I will need to loosen this pulley.

  12. I loosen the long bolt that tightens the pulley, also 12 mm, but the pulley does not move. Wait, I think I can see a pattern here. Nobody talk. I am having an Idea.

  13. Damn! Forget it. This is too difficult. I don't understand. I hate cars. I hate everything. I quit. Time for a beer.

  14. Got it. Another bolt that holds the pulley! 14mm.

  15. I put the new belts on, carefully getting the A/C belt around the fan, painfully leaning over the engine and getting the p/s belt over the crank. I tightened everything up, two bolts per thing. Thinger. Not too bad. Cold air again. Yay. Cheers

  16. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  17. Then I finished my beer.

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