Engine Mechanical problem
2000 Dodge Stratus 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 142000 miles
My timing belt tensioner failed while I was driving about 30/35 mph. I obviously need to get in and replace it, but I cannot get the bolt off of the crankshaft pulley. I've tried using a socket and tapping it with a hammer and straight up brute force, but I have had no luck. I do not have the funds or the ability to get this vehicle close to a set of air tools, and I am doing this by myself. I have not yet tried a breaker bar, but I really don't know how much help that is going to be. I have heard a couple suggestions on other forums about bracing the breaker bar against the frame and then turning the ignition so the starter motor torques the bolt and breaks it free, but none of those suggestions related to a Stratus. I also assume it's best not to heat the bolt. This is the only major thing between me and my objective so any help would be appreciated.
have the same problem?
Sunday, August 16th, 2009 AT 10:32 PM