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How to Replace the Fan Belt on a 1995 Nissan Pickup

by Grace Mclain

The fan belt on the 1995 Nissan Pickup is a V-belt that also operates the alternator. The belt is driven around the fan pulley and the alternator pulley by the crankshaft while the engine runs. As the belt circles the accessory pulleys, it enables the fan to keep the radiator cool and the alternator to supply the proper amount of voltage to the battery. Over time, the belt chafes and cracks, so replace it promptly.

Open the hood and locate the alternator on the front left-hand side of the engine. The alternator has an adjustment bracket on top of it that keeps the belt inside of the alternator pulley and the fan pulley.

Loosen the lock bolt in the middle of the alternator bracket with the ratchet and a socket.

Turn the adjustment bolt on the end of the alternator bracket counterclockwise with the ratchet and socket to loosen the belt from both accessory pulleys. Pull the belt out of both pulleys and out from around the crankshaft pulley. Pull the belt out of the engine compartment.

Slide the new belt around the fan pulley, alternator pulley and the crankshaft pulley. Tighten the belt by turning the adjustment bolt clockwise with the ratchet and socket. Check the tension of the belt by pushing inward on the belt with your hand. Make sure that the belt exhibits no more than 1/2-inch of slack.

Tighten the lock bolt in the middle of the adjustment bracket tightly with the ratchet and socket. Inspect the belt and make sure that it is situated inside all three pulleys.

Crank the Nissan for about 15 seconds to completely seat the new belt to all three pulleys. Turn off the engine and recheck the tension of the belt. Close the hood.

Tip

  • The belt tension can also be checked with a belt tension checking tool that can be found at most auto parts stores.

Warning

  • Keep hands and tools away from moving parts while the engine is running.

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About the Author

Grace Mclain has been writing professionally since 1998. Her articles have appeared on eHow.com, Answerbag.com and LIVESTRONG.COM, and she specializes in automotive and business topics. McIain has a professional writing certificate from JB Hunt in Little Rock, Ark.

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