Question about 1987 Dodge Colt Vista Wagon
It has a Mitsubishi 1.5 in it
OK, the Crankshaft, Camshaft, and the Power Steering pulleys are all secured with bolts and once the bolts are removed, the pulleys can be pulled off by either using a puller, or by gently tapping on each side to loosen them & they should slide straight off. They can't be pulled by prying on one side or the other you could bend & damage them, straight forward is the key. Spraying a little penetrating oil into the space between the crank or cam after the bolt is removed should help to remove some of the varnish that has built up & that will make them stick. The most difficult part is to prevent the engine from turning while removing those bolts. Generally you can put a breaker bar on the crank to stabilize it & successfully remove the other bolts, but removing the crank bolt itself wll require that you either get the tool designed for keeping the engine from turning ( a dealer item), or maybe with the help of an assistant, remove the starter & use a pry bar to prevent the flywheel from turning, or, if you have an inspection plate on the bellhousing that is easy to remove you can use a pry bar or block of wood against the flexplate or flywheel there. A block of hardwood (you have to fabricate this) that can be wedged against the flywheel/flexplate will prevent damage to the teeth and provide you with a means of stopping engine movement. You don't want to turn the engine backwards. good luck.
Posted on Jan 31, 2010
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