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How to remove the harmonic balancer pulley? I have removed the 4 bolts but it still wont budge. do I need a puller for the pulley?

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Yes a three point works well thread three bolts thru puller face should be able to line up with bolt holes in balancer thread center bolt on puller down and it should come off they also make a installer you will want to use do not hammer back down on shaft your main bearings will not like this

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  • thecranks Aug 01, 2010

    if it has four bolt on flange just use two across from one another and this should work well

  • medic163 Aug 02, 2010

    so the center bolt must come off too? in addition to the 4 bolts that hold the pulley on?

  • thecranks Aug 02, 2010

    yes the center bolt has to come out also

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