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    Car Alternator


    I have a Honda Civic 94 ex, My alternator got messed up.. Now what I want to do is change it and not hire a mechanic to do it for me.. because I want to learn how to fix my own car's.. Is there anything I need to know.. Or do you think its best for me to let a mechanic do it?
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    Change the part that looks like this:



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    rotf, fag!(nothing personal you just made me laugh for a sec) ya.. I know how it looks like.. I just never changed it before
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    Welcome to the Mechanics' Forum where we discuss cars, car repair and related topics.

    You should know: you might spend a lot more on tools than your mechanic would charge you for labor!
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    blah!! help a brother in need!!!
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    I'll change it for you if you finish this god forsaken project I was volunteered for. (looks at clock ... 11 hours and counting) ...

    google knows some tips, I think :-)
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    All I can advise ya is make sure you have no screws left over when you finish replacing it. From past experiences, I've found this to be very bad!
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    Nah, extra screws come in handy elsewhere. Just don't pound the bolts into your aluminum block when you can't line 'em up and get 'em started normally.
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    pchaw, engineers always take pride in how many extra screws and bolts they the get into a project, it's a bit like engineer geek cred, one should do it

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    Getting it back on and the belt tight enough (or not too tight) is probably the greatest challenge. Otherwise, it's a couple of bolts.
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    FWIW
    Dealing with the way the device is driven...either by a serpentine or a v-belt often determines how hard a job it can be i.e., loosening and tightening back to specs...

    Also you might want to check the manual but it is usually a good idea to disconnect the battery from the system before removing the alternator.

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    Always disconnect the battery. Forget the manual. If it says otherwise I'll whip myself with your serpentine belt. After you get the alternator back on and the belt in place, you pry it outwards with the jack handle until you can't pry it any more, then you tighten it down. Torque wrenches are for wimps.
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    so the belt is probably the hardest thing then heh? what do need to get that belt just about right? I'm going to try it out on sat.. so I have time to get other advices... but.. I do need them.
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    In all seriousness, I'd recommend you get a manual specific to your vehicle. Things are not what they used to be, two-three bolts and a belt. Some vehicles have things so crammed in that you have to remove totally unrelated things before you can replace another. The serpentine belt is definitely a beach on the first try. If you find out you have to remove a lot of unrelated things and buy a lot of special "tools", then you have to decide whether you're going to make it a habit, and save a few bucks, or just say, "screw this", and take the associated screwing from the dealer/repair shop. Shoot, you can't even find a decent shade-tree mechanic, anymore.

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    Go down to your local parts store and see if they have a 'Hanes' manual for it. Should have enough info to replace the alternator. Usually they have a step by step, with photos. About $15 USD

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