Changing out alternator

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JDIZZLE420247
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  • 1988 HONDA ACCORD
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • MANUAL
  • 169,875 MILES
What is the EASIEST way to remove AND replace my alternator in my 88 Honda Accord DX?
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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 AT 8:45 AM

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Tiny
KHLOW2008
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Hi JDizzle420247,

You will need to remove the drivers side CV axle to get the alternator out here are guides to help you get the job done with diagrams below.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/replace-cv-axle

and to walk you through the steps.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-an-alternator

Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.

Cheers
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Thursday, December 24th, 2009 AT 12:56 PM
Tiny
JOSHBRANDT16
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For my 89 I had to undo the enigine mounts not all the way just loosen. Then take drive axle off. Then jack engine up about 2 inches and should come out
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Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 AT 4:37 AM
Tiny
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My Answer
1. Disconnect battery
2. Remove Air Cleaner (4 clips and slide up and out)
3. Remove Air Cleaner Box (2 10mm bolts and low clip)
4. Remove Alternator tension bolt, move belt out of the way
5. Remove Alternator pivot bolt, lower part of Alternator
6. Disconnect wire clip from back of Alternator
7. Slide Alternator back towards firewall and were the Air Box was. Ta Da
8. Disconnect wires, left Alternator straight up and out.

Install in reverse order (8-1)

This worked for me. Remember to safety first.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/467800_88AcrdAlt_5418_1.jpg

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Thursday, January 21st, 2010 AT 11:12 AM
Tiny
BUTTARS2
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I just replaced the alternator myself in my honda. However, when I start the car, the battery light stays on. It makes me nervous that I might be running on straight battery still. What could it be?
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
Tiny
F4I_GUY
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First thing I would check is the voltage and amperage draw of the alternator. You may have a defective alternator out of the box.

If that is fine, you will have to start tracing the circuit for any possible opens or possibly a faulty ECM.
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BUTTARS2
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The battery reads that it is 12volts showing that its not charging. So I can assume that its coming from some mess up from the alternator. There is a plug and a spot where a postive wire is screwed on. Where would I check the alternator for issues?
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
Tiny
F4I_GUY
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Make sure that power wire has no resistance and is providing a good solid contact.

You may just have a defective alternator on your hands.
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
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BOBBIRUIZ
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Electrical problem
1988 Honda Accord 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Manual

my son needs to replace the alternator in his 88 honda accord lx. However we can't get the old one out, it looks like we have to remove the axle to get it out but is there an easier way?
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
Tiny
F4I_GUY
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Removing the axle is your best bet.
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
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RC7RMG
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  • 1989 HONDA ACCORD
Electrical problem
1989 Honda Accord 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic

My son and his friends are trying change the alternator, they have it completely loose they thought they could roll it out like on the fx model
question do they have to drop the drive tran or axle to get it out? Any other advise would be great
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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You need to remove the axle
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
Tiny
RC7RMG
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Any helpful hints before the weekend project
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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The only way out is by pulling out the drive axle
(CV AXLE)
u need help on how to pull the axle let me know
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
Tiny
RC7RMG
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I am going to get the Chilton manual and try to figure it out. Any experienced advise would be great. Do I need to replace seals? What if the CV something was jsut replaced 4 months ago?

Thanks again for your help
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
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MEDOC
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  • 1989 HONDA ACCORD
Electrical problem
1989 Honda Accord 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive 227K miles

The 'charge' light came on while driving, it at first was intermittant & seemed rpm related.
If you let the car sit it would charge initially until rpm's were increased.
I tried to remove the alternator, but after unbolting it could not get it past the bottom of the firewall.
So I cannot even get it out to test it.
Please tell me the engine does not need to come out to get at it.
What route would a professional mechanic take to remove/reinstall it.
Thanks, Jeff
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
Tiny
MEDOC
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FWIW, you must remove the driver's side half shaft to BARELY get the alternator out from underneath.
The problem was the bat (white wire) post on the alt.
Caution: It tested good out of the vehicle, but when installed & under load & vibration it was intermitant due to internal issues.
When I pushed on it (terminal on alternator) with a stick it would charge until you removed the stick & revved it.
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
Tiny
BMRFIXIT
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If you are to remove the axle no need to replace the seal
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Tuesday, October 16th, 2018 AT 11:27 AM (Merged)
Tiny
MACAT
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1. First begin by disconnecting power source aka. Battery.
2. Then disconnect wiring from alternator (remember where the wires go, draw a picture if you need too.
3. Turn alternator belt tensioner counter clocke wise to release tension from belt.
4. Then remove mounting bracket bolts again remember where everything goes thats about it reverse procedure in the installation process. Good Luck.

:idea: Remember to think safety first, disconnect positive cable from battery first (+, red cable) and the negative cable (-, black cable) then reverse the order when reinstaling.

Don't ask me how to change a tire, cause i'd have to slap you :lol: just kidding.
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