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Belt that holds alternator in place is really tight like it is bogged down can't find out what is still holding it in place, and why it won't loosen up? this is a 98 honda accord, V6, it had a dead battery, got a new one, still won't stay running for long. Did notice when driving it home that the ABS light would come on then it would give a beeping alarm then the car would die, all this would happen after I had made a stop, like at a stop sign. Can anyone give me a good idea of what to check next?

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    the belt does not hold the alt in place, bolts do.

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Always diagnose first. It is your alternator that is no good. You couldve saved your money on the battery. But its ok. There is an idler pulley which automatically tightens belt i beleive just put a wrench on it and turn it to loosen belt.
the following are the steps to remove the alternator

disconnect the battery. ,Remove the cooling fan next to the alternator. ,Put a wrench on the idler pulley and move it to the rear to lessen the belt tension. Remove belt. , Remove alternator connections , unbolt alternator plus a bolt holding a wire. hope this helps and good luck
oh i forgot to mention to clean all connections and spray electrical corrosion paint on all connections

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