How to Replace the Alternator Belt on a 2002 KIA Spectraby Cecil Fontaine
The 2002 Kia Spectra´s alternator belt provides power to the engine. Just like other engine components, the alternator belt undergoes normal wear and tear and needs to be replaced to prevent engine failure. A whining that emanates from the front of the engine indicates that it is time to replace the alternator belt. The belt´s appearance can also be telling. If it looks frayed or worn down, it should be replaced. It is also recommended to change the alternator belt after your vehicle has surpassed 100,000 miles.
Lift the car hood and disconnect the ground cable from the battery´s negative terminal. In the engine compartment, locate the alternator. On top of the alternator you will see a pivot bolt. Use a socket wrench to loosen this bolt, but do not remove it completely.
Locate the alternator belt and loosen it from its pulleys by applying pressure to the alternator and moving it in the direction of the engine. Once the alternator belt is loosened, pull it off from its pulleys.
Install the new alternator belt. It must run around the alternator pulley, the water pump pulley and the alternator pulley. With the new alternator belt in place, adjust it over the pulleys by bringing the alternator back to its original position, away from the engine. Make sure the belt is tight around the pulleys, then tighten the pivot bolt on top of the alternator.
Re-attach the ground cable to the battery and close the car hood.
- "Haynes Manuals: Kia Sephia/Spectra: 1994 through 2004 ;" John Haynes; 2006
- You can purchase a new alternator cable at a local auto parts store.
Things You'll Need
- Socket wrench
- Replacement alternator belt
Based in Colorado, Cecil Fontaine has been writing and editing since 2009, specializing in Brazilian travel guides. He received his Bachelor of Arts in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008.