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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
You don't always need a puller, but your chances of breaking things are greatly reduced if you do have one. If you're going to try to remove that flywheel without a puller, here's what usually gets me good results:
1) Remove cowls and panels as necessary until the flywheel is exposed.
2) Find 2 or 3 wooden stakes that will fit securely beneath the the flywheel. Square pieces about twelve inches long are best.
3) With the wood blocks underneath the flywheel, GENTLY pry up and down between the flywheel and the block evenly all the way around the wheel. You may have to tap the top of the flywheel with a rubber mallet.
Occassionally, some penetrating oil sprayed onto the flywheel's keyway will help make the separation. The real trick to doing this is to pry beneath the flywheel evenly all the way around it. Be patient and take your time. If in doubt, get any gear or wheel puller and, after tightening to GENTLE pressure, give the flywheel a few taps at its center with a rubber mallet. It should pop off.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Oct 07, 2010
support engine weight below flywheel, with a center punch tap crank, after soaking with a penetrating oil.
Posted on Sep 30, 2012
Testimonial: "I just did the right thing and found a flywheel puller. Thanks for the suggestions. much appreciated! Brian"
It was pretty hard to get a flywheel puller on there wasnt it?
Use a brass hammer and a large flathead screwdriver. being carefull not to pry on anything but the crankcase and flywheel insert the screwdriver under the flywheel. With the hammer tap on the short cooling fins (These are tougher than the longer ones- you dont want to break off any fins) while prying up on the flywheel with the screwdriver. A few taps and it should pop loose. It doesnt require a lot of force but you need to be decisive with your blows.
Posted on Oct 15, 2012
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