Last post on Nov 22, 2012 at 3:57 PM
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#9 of 10 Re: 03 Odyssey, Alternator bracket [tonydm]
Oct 18, 2012 (4:58 am)
Hi - same issue with mine. 4th bracket in five months. This is crazy. Everyone thinks they have it fixed. I brought it back to the original mechanic. He's read all these blogs and said he talked to honda. I just don't know what to do and wonder since I bought the car used if the original owner new about it. I feel like I got really ripped off. I've dumped around $2000 in maintenance bills. It's almost like on a time clock - it works fine for about 1000 miles - then boom it breaks again.
#10 of 10 Re: Alternator mounting brackets breaking [johnnyprevo]
Nov 22, 2012 (3:57 pm)
After 90,000 miles on her 2003 Honda Odyssey LX, the upper alternator mounting bracket broke. Because the plastic rain and dust shield over the sparkplug area, that problem was not obvious. The belt came off right after the problem was discovered or I might have saved the expense of a tensioner assembly and possibly of the belt, but after I replaced everything properly I discovered I had done nothing to resolve the problem. Without damaging my new belt, I began checking for alternative problems. I noticed the broken ends on the block side and took off the plastic cover. Presto. Problem obvious.
I logged in to the forum to find replacement part cost, but now that I see it is a regular problem, I may Superglue the old one and take it to a machine shop and have a new one made of heavy angle-iron steel. Actually, with just a little more equipment - a good hacksaw or power metal saw, a piece of 1/4 inch x 1 inch x 2 inches long regular angle iron, an electric drill with the right size bits and a tap for each hole, I could make one that I do not believe would break — ever!! I would attach an additional nut on the back side of the two alternator side holes. Superglue should work fine for that. Just be sure to only get the glue on the part of the nut that needs to be attached. Your friendly hardware store should be able to match the bolts you removed with the right size drills and taps.
One nice thing about this is that if your homemade part ever did break, you could fix it with your own tools and leftover angle iron from before in less than an hour.