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Old 04-14-2012, 12:01 AM
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Help: Alternator Belt

Ok guys. I'm still fairly noob-ish.

When I first purchased my Prelude about a year ago, the previous owner had said that he just had the belts replaced but that it squeaked for a second when it turned on. Since then it's only gotten worse. I've looked around and Google'd but I'm still a tad lost.

I saw a post where someone posted pics on how to tighten the alternator belt, problem is he had an AC delete.
Can someone point me in the right direction as to what it could be? Even if it's anything other than the Alternator Belt.

What solutions are there?
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Old 04-14-2012, 12:25 AM
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Re: Help: Alternator Belt

All you should have to do is loosen the mounting bolt for your alternator, then use the long skinny adjustment bolt to tighten the belt and finally tighten the mount bolt back. Just make sure to loosen the mount bolt first so the alternator can pivot when you use the adjustment bolt. That should take care of it. It could also be your other belt to, but still the same process.
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Re: Help: Alternator Belt

I can't actually get to the mounting bolt. There's something literally on top of it (Guess it has to do with the AC? ). And I don't know about you guys, but I have pretty wide hands. I can't fit into most spots in the engine bay without taking things apart.
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Re: Help: Alternator Belt

The top belt driven unit is your power steering.

The bottom is your AC

The middle is your alternator.

The alternator has 2 bolts that hold it on the outer most side - just in the way of the power steering resi. I want to say both bolts are 12mm... but they could be 14- idr exactly. loosen them slightly and then the right most bolt in the front/bottom of the alternator is the adjustment bolt. loosening it makes the alternator lossen tension on the belt and tightening the bolt adds tension to the belt.
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Re: Help: Alternator Belt

WHat he said. SHould be easy. We have an alright amount of space to work compatered to DSM and what not. Loosen bottom bolt lossen top bolt get something you can put presure from the alternater to the block and tighten it. If you have someone that can help makes it much more easier.
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find someone with small hands, thats what i did haha
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Re: Help: Alternator Belt

Oo and don't forget you have to really tighten it because if you don't do it enough the belt will still squeak.
I think this is the third thread I've said this in.
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Re: Help: Alternator Belt

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Oo and don't forget you have to really tighten it because if you don't do it enough the belt will still squeak.
I think this is the third thread I've said this in.
You don't want to really tighten the belt. There should be some slight play - if you had the proper belt tension tool then you would be able to do this properly.



over-tightening the belt can cause the alternator pulley to go bad.
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