Summershandy

Harmonic balancer removal

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Here's how I ended up removing the bolt on my balancer. Got the idea from a guy who used a big gear clamp. I used a tie down and a piece of wood under it against the frame to hold the balancer. I feel I got really lucky as it came loose after a couple tugs with my breaker bar.  I really didn't want to use the "turn the engine over" method to crack the bolt or freeze the flywheel and I don't have an impact gun. The bolt had a lock washer on it. Wonder if that's original? Anywho, I don't have any pullers and the only ones I see for this are the foot kind with bolts to thread into the balance to help pull it off. Will a standard puller work? I can get a loaner for it. 

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Oh and one last thing....I can't remove my fan belt whatsoever without taking off the pulley. What's up with that? Did the other owner put a belt on that's too thick a profile? There just isn't enough space under the pulley for it to fit. Sorry for the second question but I also forgot to click "Notify me of replies" which I like. Thanks!

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In answer to your #2 post.  Your front engine mount is probably flattened with age.  A new mount or shim it up slightly will solve your problem.

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15 hours ago, Tinindian said:

In answer to your #2 post.  Your front engine mount is probably flattened with age.  A new mount or shim it up slightly will solve your problem.

 

By the looks of it the engine mount seems to be in good shape with lots of meat but you called it. I was able to raise the engine about 1/8" and the belt was able to be removed. Thanks, not sure I would have seen that one! BTW that's one fat belt!

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Guess we'll close this and never know what kind of puller is required. I ended up gently rocking the pulley for 15 minutes with a couple boards and it worked off the shaft. There's a leak back there, either timing gasket or crank seal and it must have seeped onto the shaft, which was oily and helped lubricate it off. Either way it's off for me. There were absolutely no bolt holes. 

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