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Re: I have a problem removing the bolt of the damper
You usually need an impact gun,but....with the right amount or extension to clear the fender,you can use 1/2 drive breaker bar and a piece of pipe for leverage this bolt is torqued tight for a reason so even if you get it off, after the job is done it would be a good idea to take it to a mechanic and ask the nicely to tighten the crank bolt with a impact gun.have a good day DB
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this job does require some special tools to remove the crankshaft balancer.... Removal 1. Disconnect battery ground cable. 2. Remove drive belt. 3. Raise vehicle on hoist. 4. Remove RH front wheel and tire assembly. 5. Remove four crankshaft pulley to damper retaining bolts and remove crankshaft pulley.
Hi, your vibration damper is coming unglued. You will have to replace it. You will need to borrow a puller to get the old one off. You will also need a way to hold the engine from turning in order to loosen the bolt. If you have a manual transmission, put it in a high gear and set the brake. If you have an automatic, you may need to remove the starter and jam the flexplate teeth with a screwdriver. Please let me know if you have questions, and thanks for using FixYa.
TURN CRANKSHAFT BOLT COUNTERCLOCKWISE TO LOOSEN. YOU HAVE RIGHT HAND THREADS.ENGINE TURNING CLOCKWISE.YOU NEED A STRAP WRENCH HOLD CRANKSHAFT PULLEY WHILE LOOSEN IT.BUT YOU NEED A CRANKSHAFT DAMPER REMOVAL TOOL.OR HARMONIC BALANCER REMOVAL TOOL.YOU NEED STRAP WRENCH TO HOLD CRANKSHAFT PULLEY WHEN TIGHTEN IT.TORQUE CRANKSHAFT PULLEY BOLT 90 - 98 FT LBS. MAKE JOB EASIER.HAVE A HELPER HOLD STRAP WRENCH WHEN YOU LOOSEN OR TIGHTEN CRANKSHAFT PULLEY.
Remove the drive belts from the crankshaft damper.
Remove the crankshaft damper-to-crankshaft bolt. Hold the crankshaft stationary by placing a suitable tool in the ring gear teeth on the flywheel.
Fig. 1: Use a breaker bar to remove the crankshaft damper bolt
Fig. 2: The crankshaft can be held stationary by using a suitable tool to place between the flywheel teeth
Fig. 3: Be sure to lubricate the threads of the crankshaft damper bolt to obtain a proper torque reading
Remove the crankshaft damper from the crankshaft by pulling it straight off the shaft. A puller may be required to remove the damper from the shaft. Be careful not to lose the woodruff key when removing the crankshaft damper.
Fig. 4: The crankshaft damper can sometimes be pulled from the shaft by hand
Fig. 5: A puller may be required to remove the crankshaft damper
NOTE: If working on a VE30DE or VQ30DE engine, it would be a good idea to replace the crankshaft oil seal when the crankshaft damper is removed.
Fig. 6: The timing chain cover oil seal should be replaced whenever the crankshaft damper is removed; this seal is leaking severely
Fig. 7: This crankshaft damper may have a problem sealing properly due to the groove that was worn into it from the seal
Install the crankshaft damper onto the shaft, making sure the woodruff key is in place. Dip the damper bolt in fresh oil and torque the crankshaft damper-to-crankshaft bolt to the following specifications:
VG30E engine — 90–98 ft.lbs. (123–132 Nm.)
VE30DE engine — 123–130 ft.lbs. (167–177 Nm.)
VQ30DE engine — 29–36 ft.lbs. (39–49 Nm.) followed by 60–66°clockwise angle torque
Install the drive belts to the crankshaft damper; be sure to properly set belt tension.
This is what I found on the 98 Regency instructions:
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the belts from the crankshaft pulley.
Remove the crankshaft damper attaching bolt.
Attach a suitable puller to the damper and remove the damper from the crankshaft.
NOTE: On certain models, removal of the cooling fan, fan shroud or radiator may be necessary for clearance. WARNING DO NOT pry on the damper assembly to remove it from the vehicle or component damage will result. Remove the damper using a puller only.
Installation is the reverse of removal. Torque the damper bolt to specification.
Fig. 1: One example of a crankshaft damper puller tool
Fig. 2: Removing the crankshaft damper bolt
Fig. 3: Do not attempt to pry on the damper to remove it from the crankshaft, use a puller only
Fig. 4: Removing the damper from the crankshaft
Fig. 5: When installing the damper, thread the bolt by hand first to prevent cross-threading
Often , auto parts stores have a "loan a tool" program , where you can borrow specialty tools for jobs like that.
Anyway, a cheaper alternative is to protect the outside of your damper pulley with a section of old belt, and use a chain type pipe wrench or oil filter wrench. Either way, be carefull, as the damper pulley is somewhat fragile,and I have seen several of them crack or break, and the bolt was still tight!