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Luke
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11/17/2005
23:47:18

Subject: Harmonic Balancer Removal
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Well, I am finally replacing the timing chain and gears and
adding a tensioner. One little problem....how does one remove
the harmonic balancer bolt? The Haynes Manual says to remove
the bellhousing cover and have an assistant jam a screw driver
against the ring gear teeth. Well, I don't have the facilities for
this nor an assistant. So, anyone have any recommendations on
how to remove the bolt?

I would really appreciate any tips. Thanks!



Luke
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11/17/2005
23:50:33

RE: Harmonic Balancer Removal
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Oh yeah, I guess I should say that the problem I am having is
that the crankshaft turns when trying to remove the bolt.



Just Looking
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11/18/2005
03:58:31

RE: Harmonic Balancer Removal
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What i did was i went out and bought a butterfly impact wrench since I couldnt get any other impact gun i had to fit in that small of a space.
Heres a website that contains a pic of the exact tool i purchased.

http://www.homedepot.com/prel80/HDUS/EN_US/jsearch/product.jsp?pn=165629

I bought it for half that price so you may want to look around.

The other way is to use one of those belt type oil wrenches and wrap it around the pulley while trying to loosen the bolt.

If your using a 2 jaw gear puller to pull the damper make sure you have the pulley removed and have inserted the jaws into the slots so you dont damage the damper.
Also a helpful tip is to take the bolt and drill a very shallow hole in the center of it to keep the gear/damper puller centered.

I hope that was helpful :)



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11/18/2005
08:44:21

RE: Harmonic Balancer Removal
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if it's a 5 speed manual, put it in 5th and set the park brake. the crank shouldn't turn.



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