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Harmonic balancer went bad, replaced it and crank sensor (also adjusted sensor) now have a ticking coming from area. Car now stalls intermittently, also hesitates on heavy acceleration. Could this be the timing gear issue that GM had (neoprine coating on gears)?

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  • gryghost99 Jul 15, 2009

    Rubber dry-rot and tore half out... pulley shifted and was catching on the safty

  • gryghost99 Jul 22, 2009

    Engine is the 3800 (VIN C). After checking/adjusting the crank sensor, the light tick went away. Still had a hesitation when accelerating. Heard a noise coming from the timing cover. Removed cover and found tensioner was broke. Decided to replace the gears/chain. Noise is gone... :)

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Missed your post July 15 there was a problem with the system...What you did is what I would have suggested (Why I asked exactly what had happened to the pulley)...glad you figured it out!!!

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    What was bad on old balancer?

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I have a chevy impala with 3.4 engine i recently changed harmonic balancer pully but didnt change the sensor now my car mis fires when i accelerate. could it be i need tochange the sensor.

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Crank sensor is hitting balancer. One of the interupter blades may be bent. 3800's do not have timing chain or gear problems. Now a 3.8 will. Does yours say 3800 on top of engine? These ar two different engines.

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