1996 Oldsmobile 88 Harmonic balancer puller

Tiny
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  • 1996 OLDSMOBILE 88
Engine Mechanical problem
1996 Oldsmobile 88 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic

The harmonic balancer does not have tapped holes for the screws of the puller. How are we to take that off?
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Saturday, May 29th, 2010 AT 5:24 PM

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Tiny
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Hi there, Reading the procedure on Mitchell 1 data base, there are no special tools required, it just says to remove bolt and remove pulley, so you may be able to give it a few taps with a soft hammer to dislodge it, a few taps from behind may start it moving, try this.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Sunday, May 30th, 2010 AT 7:57 AM
Tiny
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The main issue with many harmonic balancers is removing the stubborn old part so that you can replace it with your new balancer. Many of us think that when the bolt is removed the balancer will slip right off, however, that is hardly the case. Harmonic balancers have a set of teeth that run all the way around the outside them. These teeth make it difficult to remove your harmonic balancer. If you are fortunate enough to tap it with a hammer a few times and slide it off, thats wonderful. On the other hand, if your like most of us, it will be a smidget harder than that.
Your best bet is to go to your local auto parts store and rent a pully puller. Be sure and double check they rent you the right puller for your type of vehicle. With the correct puller in hand and a little elbow grease we will have that old balancer off in minutes.

TIPS: If the only pully puller you have access to is for a different type vehicle, do not panic. Try sticking a peice of metal in the crank shaft. This works as a spacer, giving you more room to tightin your puller.
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Friday, September 10th, 2010 AT 1:43 AM
Tiny
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Harmonic balancers are not splined, they will have a single key, they fit on a parallel shaft and some do require pullers, but if no attach points are drilled into the body, often using a finger type puller will damage the lip of the belt flange, they should be fitted with the use of anti seize compound this will help stop them binging up for future removal.

Mark (mhpautos)
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Friday, September 10th, 2010 AT 2:18 AM
Tiny
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Knoweldge learned from manuals, books, guides, ect. Is an excellent form of educating oneself. Sometimes these sources of information help very much, on the other hand, one has to wonder if the individual writing the manual has ever performed the task they are instructing?
If your pully cant be tapped loose with a hammer, thats perfectly normal. Let us not forget, everything ages and undergoes wear that could effect our vehicles in many different ways. The pully puller was invented for those hard to remove pullys. Ask your local parts store for the correct puller to complete your task.
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Friday, September 10th, 2010 AT 2:37 AM

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