ANY TRICKS IN CHANGING THE ALTERNATER

  • Tiny
  • Anonymous
  • 2004 Acura TL
  • 85,000 miles

Any tricks in changing the alternater. Bottom bolt is loosened and I am wondering about the tensioner if I need to do something before trying to remove the alternater.

Saturday, December 15th, 2012 AT 5:09 PM

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  • Tiny
  • freemba
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Loosen the tensioner so that you can remove the belt. Then remove the top alternator bolt. Keep the tensioner intact as mush as possible to aid in reassembly. One alternator is installed and belt is in place adjust belt tension.

Also, be sure that you have the radio theft code before disconnecting the battery.

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Saturday, December 15th, 2012 AT 5:18 PM
  • Tiny
  • hmac300
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Reccomended belt/tensioner replacement is 60,000 miles.
REMOVAL

1. Make sure you have the anti theft code for the radio and the navigation system, then write down the audio presets.
2. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery first, then disconnect the positive cable.
3. Disconnect the A/C condenser fan motor connector (A) and the A/C compressor clutch connector (B), then remove the coolant reservoir (C).

Fig. 25: Identifying Motor Connector (A), Clutch Connector (B), Coolant Reservoir (C) And Bolts (D, E)
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO, INC.

4. Remove the two bolts (D), loosen bolt (E), then remove the A/C condenser fan shroud assembly.
5. Remove the drive belt (see DRIVE BELT INSPECTION).
6. Disconnect the alternator connector (A) and the BLK wire (B) from the alternator.

Fig. 26: Disconnecting Alternator Connector (A) And Black Wire (B) From Alternator
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO, INC.

7. Remove the bolt (C) securing the harness bracket.
8. Remove the mounting bolt (A) and alternator bracket mounting bolt (B), then remove the alternator.

Fig. 27: Removing Mounting Bolt (A) And Alternator Bracket Mounting Bolt (B)
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO, INC.

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Saturday, December 15th, 2012 AT 5:21 PM

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