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Harmonic balancer removal. I have nut out but it seems stuck. How do I pull it off. Do I have to remove more than the bolt

I have the nut off but the balancer wont come seems to be stuck to something

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  • john487 Apr 17, 2009

    The balancer comes off halfway but stops. Why wont it come off all the way? Why won't it come off by just pulling on it.

  • john487 Apr 17, 2009

    I'm locating a there any good way to keep the crankshaft from spinning when I torque the bolt in on the replacement pulley?

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    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    you won't get it off without a puller



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Most balancers have a very tight fit to the crank. You will need to use a puller to remove it. If purchasing one dosn't seem economical to you, some auto parts stores rent out specialty tools for free.

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The balancer is pressed on, you will need a proper puller to remove it, be careful not to ruin the threads in the stub of the crankshaft.

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You will need a gear or keyway puller to remove the part. There may be other ways, but parts stores generally loan tools. Have them hook ya up!

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