I've seen a couple other threads where people had an issue with belt tracking being off (always tracking towards the engine it seems) and have read through them. There were quite a few replies but none of the threads that I saw wrapped up with any explanation of how they finally resolved the issue. I'm going to make sure this one does.I just finished replacing the alternator (remanufactured Denso) and the tensioner and pulley assembly (Gates) on my son's 2005 E w/158k on it. I bought both parts at RockAuto.
Everything looks like it's lined up right but on start up the belt tracks over 1 groove on the power steering pump. (Which I had replaced, along with the serpentine belt by a Honda/Acura specialist a few thousand miles ago when my son broke down out of town)
It's tracking right where it has been on the water pump. So, since it goes from the alternator, around the water pump to the AC pump I'm going to assume that the new alternator is lined up fine? Then it goes from water pump to the crank where again is right where it should be but as it goes over the tensioner seems to be where the problem is..
I'm considering replacing this 3month old belt with a new one from the Honda dealer and while I'm there picking up a new pulley (the bearings were shot on the old one) for the old tensioner and just putting that one back on.
Any one have this problem before? Or had trouble using a Gates tensioner?
I decided to take a 1hr 20min round trip drive to my closest Honda dealer and pick up a genuine Honda belt tensioner assembly, which they had in stock for $153 out the door. Exactly $100 more than I paid for the Gates tensioner that I believe is my problem. Like I said earlier, my serpentine belt only has a few thousand miles on it, doesn't appear damaged from riding up and over the lip of the power steering pump pulley the couple of times I tried it, and was tracking well before I changed the tensioner and alternator so I'm guessing it's the right length belt, so I didn't get a new one. I'll swap out the tensioner in the morning, (hopefully for the last time!) I'll update the thread with the results.