Are the water pumps the same in a 1997 Nissan xe pick up and a 1993 same engine?
Yes, the water pumps are the same for Nissan Pickups with the KA24E (4 cyl) engine in the year range 1990 to 1997 (OE # 21010-40F27). The 1998-9/2004 Nissan Frontier with KA24DE also uses the same water pump. (OE # 21010-86G00 supercedes to 21010-40F27).
According to the history of the Nissan Quest Vg30e engine from 1993 thru 1998 these group of engines were non-interference engine, so if the belt breaks it will not damage the valves. This feature was demanded by FORD from Nissan before FORD agreed to used this engine in their ViLLAGER and Nissan Quest vans in the time of their joint venture.
I�m pretty sure it�s an interference engine which is why it�s imperative that you change the timing belt. You may also want to replace the pulley and water pump while the left side of the engine is exposed. On the Nissan 3.0L Engine starting 1993 as a request from Ford for their joint venture, Ford demanded that the engine be Non-interference. This means that the timing belt can break or jump and there will be…