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How do you tighten main 5 v flat alternator belt

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Free off the alternator bolts then wedge the alternator out to tighten.
then do up bolts.

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Car squeals on start-up how i and what bolt do i tighten up

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Alternator belt is broken

Get a new belt from an autoparts store, to suit your vehicle year and model.

The alternator has to be loosened to fit the new belt. There's usually two locations to loosen

  1. the top adjuster clamp arm; and
  2. the lower pivot bolt. On the 4cyl motors its in behind the oil filter. Uncertain about the v6.
Once loose, the alternator can be swiveled so that the belt will fit over the main pulley.

Make sure that the alternator does actually rotate. If not, get it serviced or replaced.

Swivel the alternator back down and tighten the clamp arm so there's about 8-10mm of movement when you press the belt.

Tighten up the lower pivot bolt.

If you don't have the tools or skills to do this, have the car towed to a garage.

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I want to change two belts (A/C and Alternator) on my 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage 1.5 car. What steps I am suppose to do.

First, feel the tightness of your belts. You will have to tighten the new belts to the proper tightness. If they are too tight, they will wear the bearings prematurely. If they are too loose, they will slip.

Alternator Belt Removal


  1. Loosen the alternator lock nut.
  2. Loosen the adjuster bolt.
  3. Rotate the adjuster bolt counter clockwise to release the tension on the belt.
  4. Remove the belt.
Similarly for the compressor belt

  1. Loosen the lock nut.
  2. Loosen the adjuster bolt.
  3. Rotate the adjuster bolt counter clockwise to release the tension on the belt.
  4. Remove the belt.
5. Install the new compressor belt

6. Rotate the adjuster bolt clockwise until the belt is tight like it was before you removed it.

7. Tighten the lock bolt.

8. Install the new alternator belt

9. Rotate the adjuster bolt clockwise until the belt is tight like it was before you removed it.

10. Tighten the lock bolt.

11. enjoy life

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Alternator best has been replaced 4-5 times in last 15k miles. Works for a while then starts to squeal. Tightening helps for a while then starts to squeal again. Any help is appreciated!

To what you are saying it's not the alternator that is giving you the problem. The problem is with the type of belt you are running on the alternator. There are types of belts that just continue to stretch and stretch like a rubber band and you will never get the squealing out of it makes no difference how many times you tighten the alternator. When the belt heats up thats when it will stretch. I use only (gates belts) on any car or truck that i own with no problem. Hope this will help.

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Fit an alternator belt on a 1996 golf 1.9 tdi

there are 2 bolts,front and rear of the alternator,underneath it and an adjusterbolt on a slider bar.loosen all three then refit belt,leaving the main bolts fairly loose,place a lever behind alternator and pull away from block,until belts longest lenth has about 1/2 inch of movement in/out.then tighten adjusting bolt up tight,check movement in belt again,if okay,tighten main holding bolts.check again if all fine.JOB DONE.

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How to change belts

1.) slacken alternator bolts..
2.) pus alternator forward,,
3.) remove that belt (TAKE NOTE WHERE IT GOES)
4.) slacken compressor or power steering pump,,
5.) push forward,, remove that belt (TAKE NOTE WHERE IT GOES)
6.) replace bolt belts and tighten back slackened components,,, use a bar to pry the alternator (power steering or compressor ) back to create tension on the belt before you tighten back the bolts..


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I have a very winey fan belt on my n reg renault clio

You can tighten the belt or replace the belt - its a REALLY REALLY EASY job, can be done in 5 minutes by a novice -
Buy a new fanbelt (£4.00 approx - dont pay more than £7.00 go somewhere else if you encounter silly prices!!!)
the alternator is on the bottom of the engine on the left hand side, looking at it it seems you need to do it from underneath, if you park it with the 2 offside(right hand side) wheels on the kerb that should give enough room.
There are 2 bolts with nuts that go through the alternator holding it in place, slacken these bolts (one is a "hinge", one is a "clamp") so you can move the alternator - either fit the new belt (look at the old one first and see how it goes on) or tighten the alternator with the old one.
See how by moving the alternator you slacken and loosen the belt... Pull it to tighten the belt and then while still pulling/pushing tighten the "clamp" bolt to hold the alternator in place, then tighten the "hinge" bolt then again put full pressure on the clamp bolt and tighten it fully. You have to keep pressure on the alternator while you tighten the bolts, 'the bolts must be tightened very tight, you wont break the bolts unless you are particularly strong so just tighten them as tight as you can.
The belt should have very little give in it but some*** , be sturdy but not SOLID! - should be quiet again!
If you need a more detailed walkthrough I'm happy to help - if you reply once you have a new fanbelt (recommended) i'll take you step by step.

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What is the quickest and easist way to replace the alternator and put the serpintine belt back on?

here is step by step instruction on how to replace you alternator. please do not forget to rate and comment abotu your experience with fixya today 3.8L (VIN 1) Supercharged Engines
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the serpentine drive belt from the alternator, as outlined in Section 1 of this manual.
  3. Detach the electrical connections from the alternator.
  4. Unfasten the alternator mounting bolt and mounting bolt and nut.
  5. Remove the alternator from the vehicle.
    To install:
    1. Position the alternator in the vehicle and secure with the mounting nut and bolt. Tighten to 5 ft. lbs. (8 Nm).
    2. Install the remaining mounting bolt and tighten to 5 ft. lbs. (8 Nm).
    3. Attach the alternator connections. Tighten the output terminal nut to 66 inch lbs. (7.5 Nm).
    4. Install the serpentine drive belt.
    5. Connect the negative battery cable.
3.8L (VIN 3, C & L) Engines
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Using a suitable breaker bar or ratchet, rotate the tensioner counterclockwise, then remove the serpentine drive belt. For more information regarding serpentine drive belt removal, please refer to Section 1 of this manual.
  3. If necessary, remove the fuel rail cover.
  4. While supporting the alternator, remove the mounting bolts.
  5. Tilt the alternator forward, then label and detach the electrical connectors.
  6. Remove the alternator from the vehicle.
  7. To install:
    1. Support the alternator in position, then install the alternator.
    2. Install the mounting bolts and tighten to 1 ft. lbs. (11 Nm).
    3. Attach the electrical connectors at the back of the alternator. Tighten the alternator output terminal nut to 93 inch lbs. (10.5 Nm) for 1987-92 vehicles, or to 66 inch lbs. (7.5 Nm) for 1993-94 vehicles.
    4. If removed, install the fuel rail cover.
    5. Install the serpentine drive belt and rotate the tensioner into position.
    6. Connect the negative battery cable.

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