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Timing cover replacement

I need to know how to replace the timing cover as well as removing the harmonic balancer which i believe needs to come off before i can start on the timing cover

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A standard harmonic balancer puller will work. Remove the balancer bolt which is 15/16. Be sure that the large washer comes off as well. If you don't see the washer when you remove the balancer bolt, use a curved pick or something to remove it from the inside of the balancer. Then you can get the timing cover off.

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Inspect the Harmonic Balancer:

The harmonic balancer (vibration damper) is inspected for signs of wear in its center bore.
  • Also inspect the rubber mounting for indications of twisting and deterioration.
  • The outer ring can slip, causing an out of balance condition. Replace any harmonic balancer that has slipped.
  • With the cylinder head removed and the piston at top dead center (TDC), make a visual comparison. Do the timing marks for TDC on the timing cover and damper appear to be accurate.
  • Be sure the damper is the correct one for the vehicle. The wrong one can be worse than none at all.
  • Sometimes a damper can become loose on the crank. Check the keyway for wear that can result from improper damper installation, the wrong size key, or a loose damper hub to crank fit.
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To remove the harmonic balancer, the cylinder head and timing cover must be removed and the piston should be at top dead center (TDC).
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  • Generally, the damper is installed unit it bottoms out against the oil slinger and the timing sprocket.
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