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How to remove a harmonic balancer bolt from a 98 nissan maxima

Have tried all I know to try and can't get the bolt broke loose. Does it have to be turned a special way? Is there a special tool for it and which way should i be turning it?

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In the past I have had to use a 1 inch impact to brake that bolt loose. It is a monster and it is regular thread. If you dont have a big compressor and super impact I have held the engine a made a breaker bar and broke it loose that way and make sure to keep spraying it.

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The harmonic balancer slides over the end of the crankshaft, and is held in place by a bolt and washer goiing into the front of the crankshaft.

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Every engine I have worked on — except motorcycles, lawnmowers and outboards — use this arrangement.

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