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Old 08-15-2013, 05:58 PM
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ALTERNATOR HELP

Greetings:

I'm new to this forum, but not new to Hondas. I have a 1999 Prelude, and I could use some guideance regarding alternator removal. My Chilton Repair Manual shows three bolts attaching the alternator. A "through bolt" on top of the alternator (inserted left to right), an "adjustment bolt" below the alternator (inserted from right to left), and an "adjusting bolt" (inserted from front to back). The Chilton Manual doesn't say anything about removing the "adjustment bolt" in order to remove the alternator. My question is must the "adjustment bolt" be removed to free the alternator or does this bolt come out with the alternator? Just for clarity, the "adjustment bolt" is a special fastener with a head similar to the head of a nail. (You gotta love all the special fasteners Honda used!) I'm trying not to break any of the special fasteners that I can not readily replace, or (God forbid) damage the alternator itself. Thanks in advance!

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Re: ALTERNATOR HELP

In a word... yes.
It has to be removed.
Just did a 97. If you don't have what screws the 97 has disregard this. We didn't have a fastener you described.

1) Remove 10mm adjusting bolt (f to r screw) with wratchet. Should be 2 side by side. Remove the right one. We used 1/4" drive w/ 12" of extension and a universal.
2) Remove the nut from the adjuster bolt on the battery side of the alternator at the bottom. We used a 1/4" wratchet with 6" extension and standard socket for the nut and a 3/8" drive deep well socket to hold the fender side of the screw. Both 12mm.
3) Top bolt (through bolt) is 14mm. Move the ps resevior out of the way and use a deep well 14mm socket. Maybe a 3" extension instead. 72 tooth+ wratchet is your friend with that one. We used 1/4" drive.

Alternator holder bracket at top may have a firm grip. We used a door panel puller while wiggling up n down but flathead will work.
A/C hoses were a drag pulling the unit out. Second set of hands helps a bunch.

Reverse for re-assemble but don't tighten 12mm bolt until the adjusting bolt has tightened the belt.

I left out unplug battery and remove wires figuring you know that.
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Re: ALTERNATOR HELP

Greetings Fixer:

Thanks for your prompt response. I don't see any way the alternator can be removed without first removing all three bolts. The battery and power steering pump were previously extracted. With 14 years of rust, the alternator and bottom bolt ("adjustment bolt") are firmly in place. I've removed the (special fastener) nut from the bottom bolt, but nothing else wants to move. As soon as I figure out how to extract the bottom bolt without destroying it, I'm sure removal will not be a problem. Not a lot of room to work in there. Good luck with that next impulse purchase.

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Lots n lots of WD40 sir.
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Re: ALTERNATOR HELP

Greetings Silentron:

You definitely are not silent. Also let down your hair man, and relax no narcs in this forum,
The most formal dictation/addressing is not a requirement, not by a long shot.

Really nothing more to add seeing Bykfixr answered your correspondance , so to speak.

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