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My harmonic balancer needs to be replace. However, the place I took it to snapped off the bolt on the other side of it. Now another repair place says they have no idea how long it will take to get it off. HELP!

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  • Jane Daffron
    Jane Daffron Jul 05, 2010

    Are we taking 500-1000 to get this thing done?

  • Jane Daffron
    Jane Daffron Jul 05, 2010

    Just got called. Bolt not broken - it was actually the bolt tool head from the 1st place. However, the 2nd place is having the same problem the 1st one had. The bolts have seized up and won't budge. What procedures would be used and how long/how much are we looking at here?

  • Jane Daffron
    Jane Daffron Jul 05, 2010

    thanks. was afraid it was gonna be in the upper 3 figures.

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Sorry my friend, but if the bolt break off while removing it, it's not on them, but if it broke while installing, then they should make it right for you.

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  • Alexander Mimun
    Alexander Mimun Jul 05, 2010

    This should be under $250.00.

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    Alexander Mimun Jul 05, 2010

    Then will have to heat it with a torch, but they will also need to replace the front crankshaft seal,to replace front seal includes remove harmonic pulley with no problem, labor rate is 1.0 hrs X there labor rate = your labor cost, then will have to add 1 or 2 at most labor hrs, for the removal of the bolt.

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  • Oldsmobile Master
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My friend, you shot yourself in the foot when you took the car from the first place. Take it back and make them fix it ... or bite the bullet and have the second place fix it ...

If the first place gives you grief, give it back to them on the WWW ... the BBB and the Consumer Product agency in your area.

This will not be a cheap repair. For best results now ... you may want to go to the GM dealership in your area.

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  • A Miller Jul 05, 2010

    BCAS1298 has hit the nail on the head ... so to say. I think the first place should have repaired this for you but since they didnt ... you are on the right road. Thanks for the evaluation, and thanks for your interest in FixYa.com

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