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Old 11-04-2010, 04:56 PM   #1
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Question Can't remove the harmonic balancer off my 2.9L

As the title says i have had problems removing the harmonic blancer, streched the bolts on 2 pullers. So i'm stuck now, any ideas on getting it off though i thinks its not gonna. Cuase my next step to getting my danger ranger back on the road, yes its my DD, is getting a another 2.9l to swap in cheap n fast. I would think if the donor vehicle is a bronco 2 everything should be in the same place. Before people start telling me to drope a v8 in it, i currently am restricted on funds and can't afford all the other mods of an engine swap. Thanks for taking a look
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Old 11-04-2010, 07:54 PM   #2
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What are you pushing against with the puller? If the crank bolt is out, you are only pushing against the dampner itself. Need to push against the crank bolt backed off, socket placed against the crank, etc. Lots of threads on this subject in this forum.
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Old 11-04-2010, 10:04 PM   #3
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As Pete above wrote.. ALSO don't forget the HAMMER! When the bolts are really tight hit the main shaft with your hammer... that should move it a tiny bit... then tighten the bolts again and hit it again.. so on until the bolts can move it all by themselves.. But the bolt must be either all the way out or a few turns out anyway..

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I'm pretty sure the bolt was out i belive, my friends dad was helping me. ( A real mechanic, just had to wax his f-150) The frist day almost broke the bolt heads off crankin on it with the impact gun, also tryed a pry bar and hammer. Next day different puller same thing it just streched the bolts of the puller, this time the toruch was used too. His dad sugggested that i try to find a ford specific tool that allows is circular and allows 4 blots to be used, no such luck in my search. May be the last person used locktite on it or somethang. I'll try to get my hands on another puller and try it with the bolt in. Thanks alot for the info. side note - this all began cuase my dizzy went and then timing was all F'ed up and need to the replace the timing chain n gears
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Old 11-05-2010, 05:02 AM   #5
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You need to put the center damper bolt back on without the washer! Now unscrew the damper bolt so that it's about 3/8 to 1/2 out of the crank. Put the damper puller on with the 3 bolts that hold in place. (if you can still use those 3 threaded holes if it is not damaged becase of pulling it out wrong the first time) THE DAMPER PULLER BOLT NEEDS TO BE PUSHING ON THE BOLT ON THE CRANKSHAFT.
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Old 11-07-2010, 01:20 PM   #6
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Not too terribly long ago, I had the same problem as you are having now. I ended up stripping out multiple 2 and 3 jaw pullers, and a harmonic balancer puller before I got it off. I recommend spraying some good quality penetrating oil on there and let it soak in overnight, then go to Advanced Auto Parts and borrow a harmonic balancer puller (Their pullers are very heavy duty). After I put that on there, it came off like I was slicing through cheese Also, in the process of taking off my balancer, I chipped off a piece on the edge and had to go to a JY to get another one. Once again, the heavy duty puller saved the day.

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When you get the puller, go buy some grade 8 bolts that will fit your balancer, and stack them with 2 flat washers.

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Old 11-18-2010, 04:31 PM   #7
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I'm on my 3rd puller, i have a smaller diametr bolt with the same size shank in the whole and am pressing agains it, i'm blast it with PB blaster tonight to try to lossen it some. Thought it looks like once again i'm just braking the bolts to the puller. I'm get at it again tomorrow, thanks for the input.
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:27 PM   #8
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I know how you feel man. I was stuck on mine for a good few days. The key is the heavy duty puller so the bolts wont strip out in it.
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Well bolts didn't strip one snaped, so i now have that ish to deal with Awesome i know! I'm stuck, not sure taking it to a shop is worth it, impact gun just brakes the bolts faster, been there done it. Or do i drop half a g on a salvage motor and who knows what wonders that will bring. any suggestions? Well my options a few and unpleasent. thanks 4 lookin
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Can you take a picture of how you are attempting to press it off?

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