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How Do I Change the Alternator on a 1995 Honda Passport?

by Dan Ferrell

The alternator in your 1995 Honda Passport has several internal components that may wear out or fail after years of service. Windings in the rotor and stator may open or short out, worn bushes and diodes may reduce voltage output or bearings may cause the rotor shaft to wobble. Most automotive shops will not rebuild your alternator. But you still can service the charging system in your Passport model by changing the alternator at home using a few tools you might already have in your toolbox.

Removing the Alternator

Detach the negative (black) battery cable with a wrench.

Unplug the wire and battery cable from the back of the alternator using a wrench.

Loosen the front, passenger-side wheel with a lug wrench. Raise the wheel with a floor jack, support it on a jack stand and remove the wheel. This will help you access the lower alternator bolt when necessary.

Insert the 1/2-inch drive of a large-handle ratchet into the square hole of the tensioner pulley, if your Passport is equipped with a serpentine belt. Rotate the tensioner away from the belt to relieve the tension and slip the belt off the alternator pulley.

Loosen the upper and lower alternator mounting bolts using a box-end wrench to hold the retaining nuts in place as you unfasten the bolts with a ratchet and socket.

Remove the tubular bracket attached to the back of the alternator and its lower mounting bolt, if your Passport is equipped with it. Use a ratchet and socket.

Push the alternator toward the center of the engine. Remove the alternator belt from the pulley, if your Passport is equipped with an alternator belt.

Take off the upper and lower alternator mounting bolts and remove the alternator from the vehicle.

Installing the New Alternator

Position the new alternator in place and install the upper and lower mounting bolts finger tight.

Slip the belt over the alternator pulley and ask an assistant to push the alternator away from the engine to provide tension to the belt, if your Passport is equipped with an alternator belt. Tighten the upper alternator mounting bolt with the box-end wrench and the ratchet and socket.

Install the tubular bracket and lower-mounting bolt on the alternator and tighten the bolts using the ratchet, socket and box-end wrench.

Install the serpentine belt using the 1/2-inch drive ratchet, if your Passport is equipped with this type of belt.

Replace the front, passenger-side wheel, if you had to remove it.

Plug the wire and battery cable to the back of the alternator using the wrench.

Attach the negative (black) battery cable with the wrench.

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About the Author

Since 2003 Dan Ferrell has contributed general and consumer-oriented news to television and the Web. His work has appeared in Texas, New Mexico and Miami and on various websites. Ferrell is a certified automation and control technician from the Advanced Technology Center in El Paso, Texas.

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