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Re: 2006 Honda civic
There was a recall for the tensioner pivot bolt for the 2006 Civic EX. Service bulletin 09-007, Part# HON 04301RNA405.
Part cost $11. Service $42.50.
Cost covered by Honda even with my car being out of warranty.
I just had this done Feb 25, 2009
There may be a recall for the non-EX model also.
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Re: 2006 Honda civic
Three things to check.... that you are putting on the exact specified part for that motor. second that it is being installed correctly... third that you are using the correct belt for that motor.... oh and a forth.... make sure that you are correctly routing the belt on all the pullies.
There should be a sticker with the correct routing of the serpentine belt either on the lower part of the engine compartment.... or look up at the hood when you have it open.
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I would investigate how the belts are being fitted as clean breaks indicate that the back of the belts are being broken by being flexed the wrong way. discuss this with a service dealer as it is very easy to fit belts incorrectly and they will work
There are 'solution kits' available for this issue. It involves replacing the tensioner pulley and the idler pulley and installing a double sided belt. They are available from Gates, Continental, and AC Delco at RockAuto at the link. http://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/dodge,1999,grand+caravan,3.8l+v6,1354069,belt+drive,belt+drive+component+kit,10660
Either a stretched belt or your belt is not tight enough which means that the tensioner is not doing its job anymore. Sometimes the springs inside the tensioner break and do not allow for it to give adequate tension to the belt.
Something is putting excessive strain on the belt. Remove the belt and check all pulleys. It should be easy to turn any of the pulleys including the A/C with the engine switched off. Unless the tensioner is excessively tight causing too much tension on the belt, or too loose causing it to slip it will not cause the belt to break. Thefault would ratherlay with one of the pulleys.
You broke your serpatine belt. Needs replacing. It's a $50ish part and easy to do if you have a diagram under the hood of how the belt fits. But if it was "rattling" for a couple of weeks take it in for crying out loud. Let the mechanic look it over to make sure your lack of vechile care didn't destroy anything under the hood.....
First, note how the drive belt is routed, then use a wrench on the tensioner pulley center bolt and turn the tensioner clockwise (four cylinder engine) or counterclockwise (six cylinder engine) to release the drive belt tension. Remove the drive belt from the tensioner and relax the tensioner. Fit the new belt on the other pulleys, then turn the tensioner again and fit the new belt over the tensioner.
The picture is from a different model, but it is similar to what you are working with.
correct belt tennsion is key in this issue if the belt is too tight it will put too much pressure on the alternator drive shaft thus exessive wear on the bearing and then jamming which will burn through your fan belt.
on most cars a recommeded 3cm or 1" movement (or play) shold be in the belt unless you car has an auto tension fillted.
First pop the hood and find the serpentine and alternator belts on the left side of the engine compartment. The serpentine belt runs around four pulleys. The alternator belt uses two pulleys. They share space on the drive shaft so they are right next to each other. Of the four pulleys using the serpentine belt, three of them are vertically in line (closer to the front of the car) and the fourth stands alone (closer to the cab). Of the three vertically in line, the middle pulley is the one used to adjust the tension on the belt. You must first break loose the bolt in the center of the tension pulley (the bolt is facing the passenger tire) by turning it counter clockwise. Then leave that bolt and go to the bolt connected frame connected to the other side of the tension pulley (this bolt is facing the front of the car). Turn that bolt counter clockwise until the serpentine belt is loose enough to pull off. Replace the belt and tighten in the opposite order. Once the desired tension is reached, crank the car and run it for a few minutes. Finally cut the car off and check the tension, tighten or loosen as neccessary.
1.Your engine has an internal timing chain, not a belt. Therefore I'm going to assume that you mean the serpentine drive belt. Common causes for belt to fail is either a mis-aligned or damaged pulley, improper belt tension, or bad tensioner spring (if equipped with spring loaded tensioner) You mentioned a loose pulley but didn't say which one! That's what I'd look at first! Also, make sure that all pulleys have no "wobble" indicating a bad pulley bearing Most common: water pump or idler pulley.