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Re: Both of my belts broke this morning
I can give you step by step instructions if you want, but they will be generic, if you can follow them it will help you. Every belt has something that keeps the tension correct, most newer cars have spring loaded idler pulleys. Some still have mechanical adjustment made to set the tension, Like a slot and a bolt. on the alternator or a bolt that moves it each way by screwing it in or out. If your car still has the diagram for your belts under the hood you can identify how they should be installed. this is a ten minute job at most and it is easy if you want to attempt it, My help is totally free and just want to help you. you can message me anytime or even call me if you want to waste a dime..lol
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Remove the splash guard on the right side of the vehicle.
Loosen the alternator belt idler pulley.
Slip the drive belt off the alternator pulley.
Remove the four air conditioning compressor mounting bolts.
Remove the radiator fan and fan shroud.
Move the air conditioning compressor forward.
Disconnect the alternator harness connector.
Remove the alternator mounting bolts, and lower the alternator from the vehicle.
Hold the alternator in place and install the mounting bolts.
Plug in the alternator harness connector.
Move the air conditioning compressor back into location.
Install the radiator cooling fan and shroud.
Install the air conditioning compressor mounting bolts.
Place the drive belt on the alternator pulley.
Tighten the drive belt to the proper tension with the idler pulley.
Install the splash guard.
Connect the negative battery terminal.
Proper belt tension is important. A belt that is too tight may cause alternator bearing failure; one that is too loose will cause a gradual battery discharge and/or belt slippage, resulting in belt breakage from overheating.
Basically first check battery voltage under load with headlights, fan etc on and give about 2500 rpm and check battery voltage with digital meter and expect to see about 12 volt range if Alternator faulty. If ok would be 14 volts approx.
Assuming battery voltage low. First remove negative battery terminal and proceed to take of drive belt by taking strain of belt by slackening tensioner on belt then remove and check belt for cracks etc on inside once removed. if damaged replace. Proceed and remove cowls, bolts etc as required to remove alternator. Before removing disconnect wires on Alternator. Assemble in reverse to above. Just a basic outline of how to do it.
This is a real warning...I presume the lights come on at idle...and go off as you accelerate...The idle speed could be low...need a tune up...the alternator belt could be slipping, and the battery is not properly charging at idle...Have your alternator checked for free before you are stranded...Many auto parts stores do this test for free...Hope this helps.
Its likely the tenisinor was the cause of the alternator problem in the first place its a big ware part leeding cause of belt failure water pump alternator power steering and ac compressers . You would be wise to replace it 96 likely has never been done .And its far cheaper then all of the above parts 20 to 30 dollars
Just loosen up the BOLT in the alternator, the one that holds the bracket, and u can move/slide the ALTERNATOR assembly. If the A/C compressor belt is blocking the removal of belt, loosen up the compressor and slide it to free up the belt! Now u could replace the alternator belt!
Installing will be easier!
TURN OFF RADIO TO KEEP FROM LOSING RADIO CODE.THEN YOU REMOVE NEGATIVE BATTERY CABLE.DISCONNECT THE 2 LEAD WIRES AND HARNESS CONECTOR FROM ALTERNATOR LOOSEN THE DRIVE BELT ADJUSTING BOLT AND REMOVE THE BELT. UNSCREW THE ALTERNATOR ATTACHING BOLTS AND REMOVE THE ALTERNATOR FROM VECHICLE.VISA VERSA PUT EVERY THING BACK.AND ADJUST ALTERNATOR BELT TENSION.WARNING DONT PUT TOO MUCH TENSION ON BELT.BECAUSE YOU WILL DAMAGE ALTERNATOR PULLEY BEARING.