How do you replace the power steeringwater pump belt on a 1994 Nissan sentra power steering pump won't move after loosening lock and adjusting bolts?
There is a bolt underneath the power steering pump that secures it from moving. It is on the opposite side of the pulley. (There are two bolts in that position, the lower one is the one you want.)
Loosen that and your pump should pivot freely.
Begin by loosening the tensioner pulley on the front of your 1996 Nissan Maxima engine. Slide the tensioner pulley to the right. The old power steering belt will become loose and can be removed. Put the new power steering belt on. Tighten the power steering belt by sliding the tensioner pulley to the left.
If it is a 4.0, loosen the two rear steering pump mounting bolts, the upper pivot bolt, and the locknut and the adjusting bolt located on the bottom of the unit. Push the steering unit in and remove the old belt. Remember how it was routed. Replace with the new belt. Pull the steering pump back and tighten the adjusting bolt for tension. Then tighten the other bolts.
If you're handy and know how to use tools, then getting a repair manual (Haynes or Chiltons manuals are both good references) on your model that will show you how to do things like this are an excellent investment. Changing the power steering V-belts an most vehicles usually involves loosening the power steering pump by loosening (not removing, usually) the power steering pump to bracket bolts, which allows the belt tension to release. Then you…