Does this model require a special puller. manual says that it will come off manually. i can't get it off. rented a harmonic balancer puller from advance auto but it won't work. does this require a special puller?
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Re: removing harmonic balancer on 96 regal 3.8
YES YOU DO HAVE TO HAVE A SPECIAL ADAPTER FOR THE NORMAL BALLANCER PULLER. NAPA HAS THE TOOL AND THE # IS BK700-2461. ONCE AGAIN THE ADAPTER IS USED WITH THE BALLANCER PULLER YOU ALREADY HAD. YOU HAVE TO SCREW THE EXTENSIONS INTO THE BALLANCER AND INSERT ANOTHER EXTENSION INTO THE CRANKSHAFT TO GET THE OLD ONE OFF. WHY G.M. DID THAT TO US IS STILL A MYSTERY.
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Loss of spark is the common reason on this year of buick, that means you either have a defective Crankshaft position sensor or a defective Ignition control module, either one can cause the symptom. Of the two parts the crankshaft position sensor is the most common failure point, to replace it you must remove the front crank pulley and the harmonic balancer behind that pulley, the crank sensor is behind that and is triggered off the harmonic balancer. You access the pulley through the passenger wheel well, you must remove the plastic or rubber splash guards to access it, you will need some special tools, a harminic balancer pulley puller of course will be required. There is also a special tool needed to set the air gap from the sensor to the pulley, so to get around that tool measure the old sensors air gap with a feeler gauge and set the new one the same.
you may have the wrong puller to do the job. suggest you try an advance auto parts store and rent the right puller for the repair,all your money to rent the right tool will be refunded after the tools returned. the harmonic balancer should be removed easily with the right removal tool and a small ammount of wd40 sprayed onto the crankshaft behind and in front of the balancer onto the shaft. keep in mind that there is a half moon keeper key on the shaft where the balancer slides onto the crankshaft. lube the shaft well and it should slide off with ease with the removal tool. thank you for choosing fixya.com!!
Hi, it is easiest if you set the brake, jack up the car, put in a jack stand for support, and remove the wheel and splash shield to access the pulley. If you have a manual transmission, put it in a high gear and set the brake. If you have an automatic transmission, you will need to lock the engine with something, best done at the flywheel/flexplate. If there is no access panel to the flexplate, remove the starter for access. With the engine locked, remove the main pulley bolt. Use 3 quarter inch bolts to attach the puller to the pulley and tighten the puller slowly to extract the pulley. Please let me know if you have questions, and thanks for using FixYa.
Lock the flywheel:
Attach the puller and tighten bolt to remove pulley.
1. Raise the car on the passenger side and remove the front wheel. 2. Remove the belts on the harmonic balancer. 3. Remove the retaining bolt. 4. With a puller, jack the harmonic balancer off of the crank shaft. You can rent a puller at your local auto parts store. It is easiest to access the harmonic balancer through the fender, hence the need to remove the wheel. 5. You should also consider replacing the seal around the harmonic balancer to minimize the possibility of a leak later. 6. Install the new harmonic balancer and tighten the retaining bolt to the specified torque (I don't know this off the top of my head). 7. Replace the belts and wheel, and voila...mission accomplished.
This was a short answer to your question. You may wish to consult a repair manual for illustrations, torque specifications, additional instructions, etc. This job is not for the faint of heart. Good luck!
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