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I want to fix it myself b/c im poor-how?

I need a new alternator, tensioner, and belt drive pulley- i am poor and know very little about cars- i want to do this myself- i asked 10-15 people and got many different answers- i was told if i do it myself i could screw up the timing and blow the engine- if the car is running it is charging therefore i dont need a new alternator- to replace the cheapest part first and see if it fixes it- i took it to a tires plus and they want to charge me double for the parts and $400 in labor- i really want to be able to do this myself- is it possible without screwing it up? and is any of what people told me true?

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  • Sean Foley May 11, 2010

    You said "i need a new alternator, tensioner, and belt drive pulley"

    Then you said you don't need a new alternator.

    Whats the problem you're having, and why do you think you need to change these?

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    do u have a good set of hand tools? do u have any car related repair work in your background? if not save your money and have the shop do it.

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It is very important that you know exactly what you are doing when you replace a drive-belt pulley! It is possible that if you get the timing wrong that your engine will fail! The alternator can be replaced with little knowledge but if your car starts and runs then there is no problem with the alternator nor the timing. If your belt looks worn down or has fray marks on it then i would suggest to change it. Also, unless the tensioner is cracked or broken there is no need to replace that.

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Excessive belt tension will cause damage to the alternator and water pump pulley bearings, while, on the other hand, loose belt tension will produce slip and premature wear on the belt. Therefore, be sure to adjust the belt tension to the proper level.
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Fig. Accessory V-belt routing-Mitsubishi 1.5L, 1.6L, 1.8L, 2.0L and 2.4L engines
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Fig. Loosen the adjuster lock bolt . . .


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Fig. . . . then remove the alternator belt from the engine

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Fig. After the adjusting and fixed bolts are loosened, rotate the pump . . .


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Fig. . . . then remove the power steering belt from the engine

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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.


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Fig. Fig. 7: ... push the component inwards ...


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