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Old 05-28-2008, 08:02 PM   #1
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Default alternator belt

i know this is such a beginner question
i need to replace my alt belt but where is the alternator belt tensioner located at in my '96 civic
pics will help thx.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:49 PM   #2
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You need to remove the power steering and a/c belt in order to get to the alternator one...

step 1, remove splash shield:

step 2 remove power steering belt: keep in mind you DO NOT need to completely remove the pump from the bracket.

step 3, remove a/c belt

and finally the alternator belt
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Old 05-29-2008, 01:07 AM   #3
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hey thanks a bunch i'll definitely try it during the weekend,
thx for pics too
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Old 05-29-2008, 07:18 AM   #4
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oh btw i don't have power steering
does the step still apply or is there a better and quicker way to get to the alt belt?
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i think its just that one bolt thats on the alt bracket. its bronze. loosen. pull tight and tighten that bolt back on?
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oh btw i don't have power steering
does the step still apply or is there a better and quicker way to get to the alt belt?
yes, just skip step 2 and skip step 3 if you do not have a/c.
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i think its just that one bolt thats on the alt bracket. its bronze. loosen. pull tight and tighten that bolt back on?
if you dont loosen the bottom bolt (mounting bolt) the alternator will not move.
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ahh okie dokie.
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Hi I'm trying to replace the alternator belt on my car too. I've decided since I'm down there I'm going to replace all 3 belts anyways I got the P/S belt off no problem now I'm working at getting the A/C belt off. My question is do I need to completely free up the P/S pump to access the pulley breakhead(?) for the A/C I thought maybe I could access the puley olt for the A/C from the top but it's very hard to access. Do I need to take the splashguard off and reach up to loosen the pulley bolt on the A/C?? I don't really like the idea of taking off the splash guard because I already losened it and it doesnt seem like its going to back on there nicely... maybe I'll have to buy new hardware what do you think?
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I think you have to remove the splash guard anyway in order to get to the lower alternator bolt too.
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no I already got the alternator out...
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You dont HAVE to remove the lower splash guard. It just makes the job easier. You dont have to take the p/s pump completely off to get to the a/c pulley bolt, but it helps ALOT. Its not that hard to take the P/S pump off, its just a pain b/c of the header and A/C compressor being in the way. Also, if your replacing the A/C belt, you will have to unbolt and remove the a/c compressor and the torque mount off the engine to get the new belt on. Not hard, just takes time. Just be sure to support the A/C compressor so you dont bend the lines since they will still be attached.
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thx man i think thats what i needed to hear

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Default Alternator Belt Removal 1996 Honda Civic DX with Air Conditioning

Surfing the web and looking at YOUTUBE , I found little on this subject.
This was the best source..Thank you.

I swapped out the Alternator belt last night. It was noisy, it was cracked, and stretched out.

For $17.99 at Advanced auto I am good to go another 170,000 miles.

I would like to say I did not have to remove any covers. Just two bolts takes the Power Steering pump out of the way. I have big hands and it was tight.

Then had to jack up the car and loosen the Alternator lower bolt from there. I also put the belt around the pully from underneath. Not as bad a job as I had thought. Bet the Shop would charge a hundred bucks
because the power steering and compressor belts have to be moved.

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