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Remove the harmonic balancer without a puller?

Is there anyway to remove the harmonic balancer without a puller? If that cannot be done, if I rent a kit will It be able to remove the balancer without removing the radiator?

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  • james_r_jeze Mar 13, 2009

    How do I have my engine blocked so I do not lose my timing mark? If it matters, the pulley completely seperated from the rubber and that is why I am replacing the harmonic balancer.

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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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  • 240cpa Mar 14, 2009

    To block the engine, put a screwdriver between the flywheel and its housing. This will likely be on the passenger side, and put the end of the 'driver between a tooth and the housing. This will keep the flywheel still, the engine will not try to turn and your timing marks will remain in alignment. I don't think the separation will matter. The one on my Volvo did the same.

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