Acura RL. Instruction — page 392

Special Tools Required

Belt tension release tool Span-on YA9317 or equivalent, commercially available

1. Remove the right upper fender trim.

Fig. 12: Identifying Right Upper Fender Trim
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2. Remove the engine cover (see step 4 under REMOVAL ).

3. Move the auto-tensioner (A) using the belt tension release tool in the direction shown to relieve

tension from the drive belt, then remove the drive belt.

Fig. 13: Moving Auto-Tensioner Using Belt Tension Release Tool
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

4. Install the new belt in the reverse order of removal.

DRIVE BELT AUTO-TENSIONER INSPECTION

Special Tools Required

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Belt tension release tool Span-on YA9317 or equivalent, commercially available

1. Remove the right upper fender trim (see step 1 ).

2. Turn the ignition switch ON (II), and make sure to turn the A/C switch OFF. Turn the ignition switch

OFF.

3. Check the position of the auto-tensioner indicator’s pointer (A). Start the engine, then check the

position again with the engine idling. If the position of the indicator moves or fluctuates a lot, replace
the auto-tensioner (see DRIVE BELT AUTO-TENSIONER REPLACEMENT ).

Fig. 14: Identifying Auto-Tensioner Indicator’s Pointer
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

4. Check for abnormal noise from the tensioner pulley. If you hear any abnormal noise, replace the auto-

tensioner pulley (see TENSIONER PULLEY REPLACEMENT ).

5. Remove the drive belt (see DRIVE BELT REPLACEMENT ).

6. Move the auto-tensioner within its limit using the belt tension release tool in the direction shown.

Check that the tensioner moves smoothly and without any abnormal noise. If the tensioner does not
move smoothly, or you hear abnormal noises, replace the auto-tensioner (see DRIVE BELT AUTO-
TENSIONER REPLACEMENT
).

Fig. 15: Moving Auto-Tensioner Within Its Limit Using Belt Tension Release Tool
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

7. Remove the auto-tensioner (see DRIVE BELT AUTO-TENSIONER REPLACEMENT ).

8. Clamp the auto-tensioner (A) by using a 10 mm bolt (B), 8 mm bolt (C), and a vise (D) as shown. Do

not clamp the auto-tensioner itself.

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Fig. 16: Identifying Auto-Tensioner And Vise
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9. Attach a torque wrench (A) to the pulley bolt. Measure the torque when the tensioner is turned

counterclockwise. If the torque is less than the specified value, replace the auto-tensioner (see DRIVE
BELT AUTO-TENSIONER REPLACEMENT
).

Auto-tensioner Spring Torque

50.5 N.m (5.15 kgf.m, 37.2 lbf.ft)

Fig. 17: Measuring Auto-Tensioner Spring Torque
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

DRIVE BELT AUTO-TENSIONER REPLACEMENT

1. Remove the drive belt (see DRIVE BELT REPLACEMENT ).

2. Remove the splash shield (see step 5 ).

3. Remove the auto-tensioner.

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Fig. 18: Identifying Auto-Tensioner With Torque Specifications
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4. Install the auto-tensioner in the reverse order of removal.

TENSIONER PULLEY REPLACEMENT

1. Remove the auto-tensioner (see DRIVE BELT AUTO-TENSIONER REPLACEMENT ).

2. Remove the pulley bolt (A) (left-hand threads), and remove the tensioner pulley (B).

Fig. 19: Identifying Pulley Bolt And Tensioner Pulley With Torque Specifications
Courtesy of AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO., INC.

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