How to Remove & Install the Alternator on a 1996 - 2000 Honda Accord DX / Prelude 2.2L 4 Cyl Engines

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This guide will take you step-by-step through the process of removing and installing an alternator on all 1996 - 2000 Honda Accord DX and Honda Prelude vehicles with 2.2L 4 cyl engines.

Fig. 1 Location of the alternator on most Honda 4 cylinder engines

Fig. 2 Remove the dust boot for access to wiring connection at the alternator

Fig. 3 Unfasten the nut, then remove the closed-ended connector

Fig. 4 Unplug the wiring harness from the rear of the alternator

Fig. 5 Check the O-ring on the end of the wiring harness for cracks and or tears in the rubber. Replace as necessary

Fig. 6 After removing the retaining bolts, use a small prytool to remove the alternator from the pivot bracket if it is lodged

Fig. 7 Using both hands, firmly grasp the alternator and remove it from the vehicle

Fig. 8 Front view of a common Honda alternator

Fig. 9 Rear view of a common Honda alternator

Fig. 10 Always inspect the integrity of the alternator bolt before re-installing it

REMOVAL (ACCORD)

  1. Note the radio security code and the radio presets.
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable, then the positive.
  3. Remove the power steering pump, for details, please refer to Section 8.
  4. Detach the wiring from the alternator.
  5. Loosen the through bolt, then loosen the adjustment locknut and the adjusting bolt.
  6. Remove the alternator belt.
  7. Remove all mounting and adjusting bolts and then remove the alternator unit from the vehicle.

INSTALLATION (ACCORD)

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the adjusting locknut to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm) and the through bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  2. Adjust the alternator belt tension, as outlined in Section 1.
  3. Enter the anti-theft code for the radio.

REMOVAL (PRELUDE)

Fig. 11 Alternator mounting bolt locations (Prelude)

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable, then the positive.
  2. Remove the power steering pump. For more details, please refer to Section 8.
  3. Detach the cruise control actuator, but do not remove the cable.
  4. Loosen the through bolt, then loosen adjusting bolt.
  5. Remove the alternator belt.
  6. Remove the adjusting bolt.
  7. Remove the through bolt, then remove the alternator from the vehicle.

INSTALLATION (PRELUDE)

  1. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the alternator locknut to 16 ft. lbs. (22 Nm) and the mounting bolt to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  2. Adjust the alternator belt tension, as outlined in Section 1.

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Posted on Sep 17, 2010