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Harmonic balance I am trying to replace head gasket, cannot get harmonic balance off the motor. Tried two different pullers, the thing will not budge. We even tried heating it with a torch for over 20 minutes, it still would not come off. Any suggestions.

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  • bigdog45440 Aug 11, 2008

    The car I am working on is a 1996 Dodge Avenger, 4 cylinder.

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You'll have to get the Chrysler balancer puller. Yes, they have a special one for that brand of car. This will make life easier for you.

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