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Harmonic Balancer I moved the balancer before I got a good look at the timing mark on it...To set camshaft sensor. It has to be 26' degrees above TDC. Is that spot center of the flat spot on the balancer or at the top of the first tooth on the balancer... This is a new rebuild motor and it was positioned after it was rebuild and sent to me... Thanks TC

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  • Tom Curry Mar 05, 2012

    Well, I didn't get a response to my question so I searched further on my own...
    To set the camshaft. The #1 cyl. had to be 26' degrees below TDC on the crank shaft pulley on the front of the motor. The 26' mark is the small machine cut on the wheel below the TDC mark on the wheel. Put the camshaft tool on top of the camshaft after pulling the sensor off the top of it. The drop it back into the hole where it is facing half way between the passenger side of the motor and directly to the front of the motor.. This means about half way after the drive gears lock together inside the timing chain cover and down into the oil pump. Tighten the small blot to hold it in place and remove tool from top of camshaft. Replace sensor and tighten both small bolts. Make sure that your #1 cyl. is on the compression stroke and top dead center before placing camshaft into timing cover again..Need the parts check for the correct tool at :
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    They have great parts and most of what you need to fix about any issues...

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What you explained is the proper way to set the camshaft sensor.

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Remove the hood, drain and remove the radiator, remove the belts, loosen the bolt into the balancer, replace part way, hook up a harmonic balance puller, tighten until balancer come free, remove puller, remove HB bolt, remove balancer.
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To remove the harmonic balancer on my 1992 Pathfinder, I needed to loosen the alternator and power steering belts, remove the cooling fan (4 10 mm nuts), remove the radiator (2 10 mm  bolts hold it to the frame, remove top and bottom hose [The drain **** is covered by what appears to be a coolant line], as well as the overflow tube to the reservoir. With a 3/4" impact gun and a 27 mm socket, remove the bolt that retains the alt, ps shieves and the harmonic balancer to the crankshaft. With a large 3 jaw puller, remove the harmonic balancer with the pully sheives as an assembly. I do not recommend attempting the removal without the puller.
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You can try simply wiggling the balancer and see if you get lucky. A few taps with a rubber mallet may convince it to come free. Worst case get the kit. You should not need to remove the radiator. Do make sure that you have the engine blocked so you don't lose your timing mark placement.

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I have a '94 Tempo, it had a "ticking" sound. It was the "harmonic balancer" (crankshaft pulley) a local mechanic changed it for $60, the part cost me $120 (I work for a Ford dealership) $180 without employee discount. you can get one for much less at a junkyard if you can find one. Good luck, Sean

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SOURCE: Mitsubishi Eclipse Harmonic Balancer 3.0L Removal

There is a panel inside the wheel well that you can take off that gives you perfect access to the harmonic balancer. A special tool is required. i had my dad make one because he has access to whatever he needs at the factory. but you can get them at the dealer. i have no clue how much they cost. I can't see any way of doing it without the special tool. after you get the tool its pretty simple to get off. it takes alot of force to break the bolt loose though. i used the handle off my jack as a cheater bar. hope this helps...

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