Question about 1996 Mitsubishi 3000GT
How to tighten the Harmonic balancer and not move the timing gear.
Trust me, you DO NOT want to replace your balancer with a solid piece. The rubber in the original serves to dampen firing pulses and crankshaft twist. With a solid balancer the engine will shake itself to pieces even if you don't feel it. DON"T DO IT!!! I know a lot of Mitsubishi forums and resellers push the solid balancers, but they are dead wrong. The rubber isolated balancers are made that way FOR A REASON! If you insist on continuing, yes, the engine will spin when you tighten the bolt if you use a wrench, but should not affect timing if the belt is installed properly. Best way to tighten the nut is with an air impact gun. If it's a manual trans car, put it in gear and have someone stand on the brakes HARD while you tighten the nut. If the belt is off the car, and the balancer moves, you will have to realign ALL the timing makes, a VERY difficult job on a 3.0 Mitsu. I know, I own one!!! An alternative way to lock the engine from turning is to insert a bolt and nut between the cam gears. I can't remember what size I used, so it may take a bit of trial and error. A couple pieces of duct tape on the bolt will keep it from gouging the cam gears.
Posted on May 01, 2009
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