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 Post subject: Help removing harmonic balancer on BA I6
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:28 pm 
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Is there a trick to removing the harmonic balancer pulley from the front of a BA I6? Is there a way of 'locking up' the engine so the bolt can be undone? Is it a normal thred or reverse thread?
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 Post subject: Re: Help removing vibration dampner on BA I6
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 3:40 pm 
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you mean the Harmonic Balancer? If the car is a manual, put it in reverse, if its an Auto, Park. Normal thread IIRC

 

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 Post subject: Re: Help removing vibration dampner on BA I6
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:20 pm 
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Sorry, should have mentioned that the engine isn't in a car!
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 Post subject: Re: Help removing harmonic balancer on BA I6
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:55 pm 
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possibly ring up the RAA they have a trick to getting them out quick smart even when there still in the car

 

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 Post subject: Re: Help removing harmonic balancer on BA I6
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:11 pm 
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i recently did an engine swap (only EF into EB) i left the balancer bolted to the flywheel and jammed a tyre iron in the notches on the rear of the converter while someone held it against the ground if you know what i mean.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Help removing harmonic balancer on BA I6
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:46 pm 
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put your socket on it and have a long enough extention bar so it hits the ground or wack a few bricks on the ground and just give it a quick burst without starting it might pay to remove the leads so it doesent start and presto its undone too simple.

Dont jam anything into the notches

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 Post subject: Re: Help removing harmonic balancer on BA I6
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:54 pm 
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yeah don't jam anything that stresses and fatigues metal...

A rattle gun works on percussion and should have no trouble at all undoing that bolt... If you don't have an air compressor they make electric ones too now...

 

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 Post subject: Re: Help removing harmonic balancer on BA I6
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 8:29 pm 
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did you guys both miss that the engine is out of the car?
my method does not put any stress or 'fatigue' on anything...

 

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 Post subject: Re: Help removing harmonic balancer on BA I6
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 9:50 pm 
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misk_one wrote:
did you guys both miss that the engine is out of the car?
my method does not put any stress or 'fatigue' on anything...


Yeah did actually in that case still use the extention bar and put a piece of pipe over it for more leverage and then it should still undo the easy way.
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 Post subject: Re: Help removing harmonic balancer on BA I6
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:11 pm 
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if you have taken the plugs out it will help by putting them back in and rotating the engine until its about to hit a compression stroke.
if you can get it at the right moment you may be able to crack it

 

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 Post subject: Re: Help removing harmonic balancer on BA I6
Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:42 pm 
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if the flywheel / flex plates on it, use a bell housing bolt and a flat head screwdriver to stop the crank turning
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 Post subject: Re: Help removing harmonic balancer on BA I6
Posted: Sun Feb 28, 2010 7:26 pm 
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Thanks all. Got it with a bit of brute strength.. And a bit of pipe!
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