2000 Accord V6 Alternator Removal

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The alternator on your 2000 Accord V6 may seem almost impossible to remove without disassembling several engine components. However, you can actually service the alternator by removing a single key component. Following this strategy, you can easily remove, service and reinstall the alternator in your own driveway using a few common tools in a matter of minutes.

Things You'll Need

  • Anti-theft radio code, if necessary
  • Wrench
  • Shop rag
  • Ratchet
  • Ratchet extension
  • Socket
  • Six-point box end wrench
  • Small wrench

Removing The Alternator

  • Make a note of the anti-theft code for your Accord radio, if necessary. You will need to enter the code on your radio after you finish replacing the alternator.

  • Open the hood and detach the ground (black) battery cable using a wrench. Wrap the cable terminal with a shop rag, if necessary, to make sure the cable will not accidentally contact the battery post as you replace the alternator.

  • Unplug the electrical connector from the condenser fan directly in front of the alternator.

  • Unscrew the three mounting bolts from the condenser fan shroud assembly using a ratchet, ratchet extension and socket. Then carefully lift the fan shroud assembly out of the engine compartment.

  • Remove the alternator belt. Relax the belt tension by rotating the tension pulley center bolt with a six-point box end wrench. Slide the belt off the alternator pulley.

  • Unplug the electrical connector from the rear of the alternator.

  • Remove the electrical wire from the back of the alternator using a small wrench.

  • Unscrew the two alternator mounting bolts using a ratchet, ratchet extension and socket. Make a note of each mounting bolt location because they are of different size. Remove the bolts.

  • Work the alternator out of the engine compartment.

Installing The Alternator

  • Work the alternator into position in the engine compartment. If necessary, rotate the alternator belt tension pulley using the six-point box end wrench to align the alternator mounting holes with the mounting holes on the engine.

  • Start the two alternator mounting bolts by hand, then tighten the mounting bolts using the ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

  • Install the electrical wire on the back of the alternator using the small wrench.

  • Plug the electrical connector on the back of the alternator.

  • Install the alternator belt. Rotate the tension pulley center bolt with the six-point box end wrench, then slide the belt over the alternator pulley. Carefully release the tension pulley.

  • Set the condenser fan shroud assembly in position. Install the three mounting screws using the ratchet, ratchet extension and socket.

  • Plug the electrical connector on the condenser fan.

  • Attach the ground (black) battery cable using the wrench.

  • Enter the anti-theft code on your Accord radio, if necessary.

References

  • "Honda Accord 1998 thru 2002: All Models (Haynes Repair Manual)"; Jay Storer, John H. Haynes and Robert Maddox; 2005
  • Photo Credit nuts bolts and a wrench image by Victor Soares from Fotolia.com
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