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  • owen martin
  • 1998 Honda Accord

Engine Mechanical problem
1998 Honda Accord 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 304000 miles

please advise me how to remove and replace the alternator tensioner on my honda coupe v6. How many bolts to remove as I can only see one on top. Worn bearing on wheel/pulley cannot be removed by itself as bolt backs into wheel well/frame housing when loosening. Diagrams if availble for visual recognition if possible would be appreciated. A side issue is why the automatic transmission lags or hesitates when taking off from a stop when cold? ***Please help, layed off work.

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 AT 10:23 PM

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  • KHLow2008
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Hi owen martin,

Sorry to hear of your predicament. Hee are the procedures for the replacement.

Inspection & Replacement (3.0L)

1 . Check the position of the auto-tensioner indicator's pointer "A", start the engine and check the position of the pointer again. If the position changes, go to step 5 . See Fig. 21 .


2 . Check for abnormal noise from the tensioner pulley. If you hear abnormal noise, replace the tensioner pulley.

3 . Stop the engine. Remove the alternator belt. See Fig. 17 .


4 . Check if the auto-tensioner "A" moves smoothly and check for abnormal noise when the pulley is turned counterclockwise. If the auto-tensioner does not move smoothly or if the there is abnormal noise, replace the auto-tensioner. Do not move the auto-tensioner beyond its limit. See Fig. 17 .

5 . Stop the engine, then remove the auto-tensioner. See Fig. 22 .


6 . Clamp the auto-tensioner "A" by using two 6 mm bolts "B" and a vise "C". Do not clamp the auto-tensioner itself. See Fig. 23 .


7 . Attach a torque wrench to the pulley bolt. Measure the torque when the tensioner is turned counterclockwise. If the torque is less than the 17 ft.lbs (23 N.m), replace the auto-tensioner. See Fig. 24 .


8 . If necessary, remove the pulley bolt "A" (left-hand threads), and replace the tensioner pulley "B". See Fig. 25 .


Transmission lag when cold are usually due to bad shift solenoids or trans fluid condition. If the trans fluid had not been replaced and looks drk in color, I would suggest replacing them asap.

Good luck to your job hunting.

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