Honda Civic/CRX/del Sol 1984-1995 Repair Guide

Belts

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INSPECTION



See Figure 1

Inspect the drive belt(s) every 30,000 miles (48,300 km) or 24 months. Check the belts to see that they are not cracked or worn. Be sure that their surfaces are free of grease and oil. Also, check the belt tension as follows.

Alternator

Determine the belt tension at a point halfway between the pulleys by pressing on the belt with a force of 22 lbs. (10 kg). The belt should deflect a certain amount, depending on the model year. If the deflection is found to be too much or too little, adjust the belt as outlined in this section.

Alternator Belt Tension Specifications:


1984-87 Models-New belt: 0.16-0.20 in. (4.0-6.5 mm). Used belt: 0.28-0.39 in. (7.0-10.0 mm).
 
1988-91 Models-New belt: 0.25-0.35 in. (7.0-9.0 mm). Used belt: 0.35-0.43 in. (9.0-11.0 mm).
 
1992-95 Models-New belt: 0.22-0.31 in. (5.5-8.0 mm). Used belt: 0.28-0.41 in. (7.0-10.5 mm).
 



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Fig. Fig. 1: Measuring belt deflection

Power Steering Pump

Properly adjusted, the power steering belt for 1984-87 models should deflect about 1 / 4 - 7 / 8 in. (18-22 mm) when you push on it mid-way between the pulleys with a force of about 22 lbs. (10 kg). Using the same force, the belt should deflect 0.35-0.47 in. (9-12 mm). for 1988-91 models and the deflection for a new belt for 1992-95 models should be 0.24-0.37 in. (6.0-9.5 mm). If reusing a belt for 1992-95 models, the deflection should be 0.31-0.47 in. (8.0-12.0 mm).

Air Conditioning Compressor

Determine the belt tension at a point halfway between the pulleys by pressing on the belt with a force of 22 lbs. (10 kg). The belt should deflect a certain amount, depending on the model year and type of compressor. If the deflection is found to be too much or too little, adjust the belt as outlined in this section.



1984-87 (Honda/Keihin type)- 9 / 32 - 11 / 32 in. (7.0-9.0 mm).
 
1984-87 (Sanden type)- 5 / 16 - 25 / 64 in. (8.0-10.0mm).
 
1988-91 (Matsushita or Sanden type)-New belt: 0.35-0.43 in. (9.0-11.0 mm). Used belt: 0.28-0.35 in. (7.0-9.0mm).
 
1992-95-New belt: 0.20-0.28 in. (5.0-7.0 mm). Used belt: 0.28-0.35 in. (7.0-9.0mm).
 

ADJUSTING TENSION



Alternator Belt
  1. If the belt tension requires adjustment, loosen the top mounting bolt and then turn the adjusting nut outboard of the alternator. This will reposition the alternator without prying.
  2.  
  3. When the belt tension is correct, tighten the upper mounting bolt to about 16 ft. lbs. (24 Nm). Recheck the tension, correcting the adjustment if necessary.
  4.  

Do not apply pressure to any other part of the alternator.

Power Steering Belt
1984-87
  1. Loosen the four bolts that hold the pump in place.
  2.  
  3. Slide the pump body to tension the belt.
  4.  
  5. When the tension is correct, tighten the bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Start the engine and let it idle. Turn the wheel lock-to-lock several times. Recheck the belt tension and readjust as required.
  8.  

1988-91
  1. Loosen the pump pivot bolt and the flange bolt.
  2.  
  3. Using the appropriate size square drive ratchet or breaker bar, pry the pump away from the engine until proper tension is achieved.
  4.  
  5. Retighten the pivot bolt to 17 ft. lbs. (24 Nm) and the flange bolt to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
  6.  
  7. Start the engine and turn the wheel lock-to-lock several times. Recheck the belt tension and readjust as required.
  8.  

1992-95
  1. Loosen the pump pivot bolt and adjusting nut.
  2.  
  3. Turn the adjusting bolt to get the proper belt tension.
  4.  
  5. Retighten the bolts when the proper tension is achieved.
  6.  
  7. Start the engine and turn the wheel lock-to-lock several times. Recheck the belt tension and readjust as required.
  8.  

Air Conditioning Compressor Belt
  1. Loosen the adjuster bolt and locknut.
  2.  
  3. Apply a force of 22 lbs. (10 kg) to the midway point of the belt between the pulleys and adjust the compressor so that the tension on the belt is within specification for the model year car you are working on.
  4.  
  5. When the correct tension is achieved, tighten the adjuster bolt and locknut.
  6.  

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Alternator Belt
  1. Loosen the component-to-mounting bracket bolts.
  2.  
  3. Rotate the component to relieve the tension on the drive belt. If the engine uses more than one belt, it may be necessary to remove other belts that are in front of the one being removed.
  4.  
  5. Slip the drive belt from the component pulley and remove it from the engine.
  6.  
  7. Reverse the removal procedures. Adjust the component drive belt tension to specifications.
  8.  

Power Steering Belt
1984-1987
  1. Loosen the four bolts that secure the pump in place.
  2.  
  3. Slide the pump body and remove the belt.
  4.  
  5. To install, reverse the removal procedures. Tension the belt to specification and tighten the mounting bolts to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
  6.  

1988-1991
  1. Loosen the pump pivot bolt and the flange bolt.
  2.  
  3. Using the appropriate size square drive ratchet or breaker bar, pry the pump away from the engine and remove the belt.
  4.  
  5. To install, reverse the removal procedure. Tension the belt to specification and tighten the pivot bolt to 17 ft. lbs. (24 Nm) and the flange bolt to 29 ft. lbs. (40 Nm).
  6.  

1992-1995
  1. Loosen the pump pivot bolt and adjusting nut.
  2.  
  3. Turn the adjusting bolt to loosen the belt, then remove the belt.
  4.  
  5. To install, reverse the removal procedure. Tension the belt to specification and tighten the pivot bolt and adjusting nut.
  6.  

Air Conditioning Compressor Belt
  1. Loosen the adjuster bolt and locknut. On 1984-87 models, it may be necessary to raise the vehicle and remove the lower splash shield before being able to get at the compressor bolts.
  2.  
  3. Remove the compressor belt.
  4.  
  5. Install the new compressor belt and adjust the tension. When the proper tension is achieved, tighten the locknut.
  6.  

 
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