Timing belt and tensioner replacement

Tiny
HANNAH COFFEE
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  • 2006 HONDA PILOT
  • 6 CYL
  • 4WD
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  • 215,000 MILES
My timing recently broke and when my boyfriend went to replace the timing belt and tensioner, he broke the tool that used to take off the harmonic balancer and we are broke, so we have no way of replacement. I need to know if there's another way, he can get to the timing without going through the harmonic balancer. Also, he doesn't have any special air tools. Thanks
Monday, April 4th, 2022 AT 9:41 AM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hannah,

The harmonic balancer needs to be removed before the timing belt cover can be removed. There is no other way to do it. Also, this is an interference engine which is a concern. If the timing belt broke while the engine was running, there is a chance the engine has internal damage. Ugh! I'm sorry to be full of good news.

I'm not sure where you are located, but oftentimes a parts store will lend the tools needed to do these types of repairs. Something like a puller is common. If there is a nationally recognized parts store such as AutoZone, Advance, and so on, contact them and see if they have what you need.

Let me know if you are able to get one. Also, if you have questions, need directions, or if there is anything I can do to help, let me know.

Take care,

Joe
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Monday, April 4th, 2022 AT 7:56 PM
Tiny
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Unfortunately, you have to get the cover off and that requires the pulley to come off.

So, we are going to have to figure out a way to get this off. Can you get a couple pictures of what you are dealing with on the crank pulley so we can try and figure this out?

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-a-harmonic-balancer-works

I am attaching the entire process below on how to replace this so let's run through this and go from there.

Thanks
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Monday, April 4th, 2022 AT 8:00 PM

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