'92 Civic dx 4dr pulley fell off!

Tiny
HERDOC2005
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  • 1992 HONDA CIVIC
I know it sounds crazy, but bottom line is I was driving, car started making crazy sounds. I was able to park where I needed to go, turned car off, turned back on, and wouldnt start. Turns over, but doest fully start. After popping hood, I found that the center pulley (not sure which one it is) had fallen right off the bold. Knutt must have rattled free, and pulley just popped off. Everything seems in good condition, I just need to know what is the best way to get that thing back on! Any and all help will be much obliged. Right now my car is sitting on FT. Gordon, and they dont like cars to sit in parking lots for to long!
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Monday, March 26th, 2007 AT 3:12 PM

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Tiny
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Sounds like the harmonic balancer that connects to the crankshaft. Do you have the pulley? Is the pulley damaged? There is a keyway on the pulley. Is the keyway hurt or damaged? Is the key there? Is the bolt there yet?

You need to know if the pulley (harmonic balancer) is damaged. To tell if this is the part, look at the edges of the pulley and you should see small single notch and then a short distance away are three small notches. These are for timing.

The bolt is a metric thread and you need to know if the bolt is damaged or the threads are damaged. There should have been a big washer with the whole thing.

Getting it back on to stay on is the trick. If you are not that mechanically skilled I would have someone do it for me. The car should start and run without it. I wouldn't drive it very far but it should still start. Make sure the belts are out of the way. You will have to A/C, to power steering, or alternator to charge the battery. If you can't get it started you may have to push, pull, or tow the vehicle.
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Monday, March 26th, 2007 AT 3:52 PM
Tiny
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Thank you for your advice, I talked to another friend in my class about this, and he came out to help me. He used to be a mechanic as well, and with your advice he was able to see what it is. It seems to be the idler pulley I belive, and the staring issue was something different. He said all it should take is removing the driver side engine mount, and I will be able to get right to the bolt, and put it back on. Then put a new knutt on, and I should be good to go!

Again thank you. Your advice definatly got me going in the right direction, and was very helpful!
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Tuesday, March 27th, 2007 AT 12:03 PM

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