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.
Friday, September 10th, 2010 AT 1:43 AM