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Discussion in 'Engine Tech / Drivetrain' started by tkangaroo11305, May 29, 2008.



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  1. tkangaroo11305

    tkangaroo11305 New Member 5+ Year Member

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    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.
     
  2. Solid_Snake

    Solid_Snake Te mato con mi VTEC Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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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:
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    step 2 remove power steering belt: keep in mind you DO NOT need to completely remove the pump from the bracket.
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    step 3, remove a/c belt
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    and finally the alternator belt
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  3. tkangaroo11305

    tkangaroo11305 New Member 5+ Year Member

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    hey thanks a bunch i'll definitely try it during the weekend,
    thx for pics too
     
  4. Solid_Snake

    Solid_Snake Te mato con mi VTEC Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    Np =)
     
  5. tkangaroo11305

    tkangaroo11305 New Member 5+ Year Member

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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?
     
  6. knightxrider1

    knightxrider1 New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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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?
     
  7. Solid_Snake

    Solid_Snake Te mato con mi VTEC Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    yes, just skip step 2 and skip step 3 if you do not have a/c.
     
  8. Solid_Snake

    Solid_Snake Te mato con mi VTEC Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    if you dont loosen the bottom bolt (mounting bolt) the alternator will not move.
     
  9. knightxrider1

    knightxrider1 New Member Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    ahh okie dokie.
     
  10. t_mac

    t_mac New Member 5+ Year Member

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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?
     
  11. Solid_Snake

    Solid_Snake Te mato con mi VTEC Registered VIP 5+ Year Member

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    I think you have to remove the splash guard anyway in order to get to the lower alternator bolt too.
     
  12. t_mac

    t_mac New Member 5+ Year Member

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    no I already got the alternator out...
     
  13. Szady

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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.
     
  14. t_mac

    t_mac New Member 5+ Year Member

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    thx man i think thats what i needed to hear

    but ****
     
  15. sdanville

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    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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  16. JohnS.

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    I'm glad you searched and found this :thumbs up.

    Now If only more people could follow in your foot steps instead of posting a new thread and asking how to do things :lol:.
     


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