DIY 1996 Alternator Belt Replacement
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    DIY 1996 Alternator Belt Replacement

    I apologize for posting this question here but the search feature gives random results and just have not been able to find a DIY for an Alternator/AC belt removal and replacement thread for a 1st gen Ody. I am pretty sure some you on here have done it and it shouldn't be that hard but I can't figure this one out on my own.

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    No one one the forum ever replaced an alternator belt on a first gen Ody?

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    I just replaced both on a 1997. Alt is the easiest. Cant remember exactly how without looking at it again. But loosen the pivot bolt & I believe there is an adjuster with a screw type configuration, on top. (easy to do) The ac belt harder, because the adjuster has a nut on tire side of it & kinda hard to get to. Someone just reported that a shop changed his belt and a week or two later belt came off, he went back to shop & they said, "adjuster busted". I'm thinking , probably did not loosen the nut on other side! I thought he paid IIRC $700 for the entire job. (changing of belt & then the fix) OIY!
    yup here is the thread tension adjusting bolt sheared on accessory belt
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    I actually had loossened the pivot bolt on the alternator and the adjuster bolt that is under the alternator on that curved slider thing. Boy was that adjuster bolt a pain to figure out. So the alternator belt was way loose and easy to get out if that other belt on the other side wasn't blocking it. I believe the belt next to the alternator belt is the power steering belt if I'm not mistaken. Funny thing, I stopped by the local Auto Zone to pick up the Haynes manual for the 1st. Gen. Ody and was told Haynes only came out with one for the 1999 - 2004 Ody's.
    Last edited by soloalex; 04-24-2012 at 12:55 AM. Reason: Year correction

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    Thanks for the procedure on the belt removal and adjustment. It should be a piece of cake now.
    BTW, Is that page from the Chilton's repair manual?

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    I wrote this up myself a few years ago - the first time I replaced one of these belts - because I thought I wouldn't remember the procedure if I had to do the job again in the future. (I couldn't find the original Word document, so I posted a scan of the hard copy here.)
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    I will be doing it the belt change today. I also found that Chilton did come out with a repair manual for the first gen Ody's.
    I got a new one from amazon for a total of $23.94 with shipping.

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    Thanx!

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