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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:48 pm 
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hey guys

was driving my EF Falcon to girlfriends last night, just came out of a round a bout and the alternator light came on. instantly knowing the belt had snapped/fallen off, i pulled over (with no powersteering) and shut her down before any damage could be done

got her on a tilt tray (for the 3rd time) to the mechanics.

just rang up and told me that the rubbers on the harmonic balancer had separated, worked loose and flicked the belt off

up for new balancer/rubbers, belt and tensioner pulleys for $300 bux

can this happen...just about to pull the gregorys out and read up on her...but does it sound plausible?

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 12:57 pm 
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yeah, harmonic balancers can definately wear out. It happened to my EF futura in about 1998 cost me a hell of a lot more than that though, luckily I was able to claim the money back from my extended warranty.
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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:00 pm 
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Yes. I had my balancer let go, but never to the point where it spat the belt.

Balancer, $100ish, belt $30-$50 ish, dont know if the tensioner really needs replacing?

Persoanlly i'd have it towed home and do it myself.

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:02 pm 
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yeh

the tensioner doesnt need replacing, only the pulleys

i was playin with it last night (whilst waiting for RACQ) and the pulleys squealed quite a bit and offered some resistance, so they are a lil stuffed

it seems ok then, im not being taken for too much of a ride then, thanks guys

id get it home but it was 15km from my house. i only get 10km free towing distance (for the price i pay), after that the price quickly rises

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:06 pm 
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Well yeah if the idlers need replacing, also a bit of labour on top of that then $300 sounds like a pretty good deal.

Ask em to whack on nuline metal pulleys instead of the s**t ford plastic numbers!

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:20 pm 
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what exactly is the 'harmonic balancer'

does it have another name? is it the driveshaft pulley?

im struggling to find exactly where it fits in

EDIT: I think im sure what it is now....a different name for the crankshaft pulley - just found it in brackets in the gregorys. this right?

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 1:23 pm 
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SpuDEF wrote:
what exactly is the 'harmonic balancer'

does it have another name? is it the driveshaft pulley?

im struggling to find exactly where it fits in


The harmonic balancer may also be referred to as a dampener. It's bolted onto the crankshaft of the engine - front of the motor, bottom dead centre.

You may find that the actual balancer is concealed by the pulley. Heck, on an I6 - it might even be combined into the same unit??

But yeah - it's on the crank, at the front of the motor.

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 7:51 pm 
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350 later its all fixed

new balancer, new pulleys and a 2nd hand tensioner arm (old one was rooted)

just unfortunate it had to happen at all i spose

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:24 pm 
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it's not un common for things like that to happen.
I've seen worse. try one rib from a 4pk belt came off worked it's way past the timing cover and under the timing belt on a 4cyl magna. 8 bent valves.

 

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Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:25 pm 
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whoa, i feel a bit better now!

yeh it was just general wear and tear....stiffened/broekn rubbers the culprit. 230000 on the clock it was probably all due

tell ya what, its a lot less noisy now!

 

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