• Welcome Visitor! Please take a few seconds and Register for our forum. Even if you don't want to post, you can still 'Like' and react to posts.

I need help with crank pulley bolt


2.9._ranger

Member
Joined
Jan 30, 2024
Messages
62
Reaction score
24
Points
8
Location
texas
Vehicle Year
1989
Make / Model
ford ranger
Transmission
Manual
I know many people have asked this but my scenario is different, my engine is out and dismantled all the way don't to the block crank and pistons, I need to take the crank pulley off so I can remove the timing cover, I can't get the crank pulley bolt loose without rotating the engine backwards does anyone know how I can stop it from spinning?
 


tw205

Bronco II Rancher.
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
Jan 23, 2011
Messages
730
Reaction score
976
Points
93
Location
Bronson Michigan
Vehicle Year
1985
Make / Model
Ford Bronco II
Engine Type
2.8 V6
Engine Size
2.8
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
6” skyjacker 2” body
Tire Size
33x12.5
If manual trans, put it in gear. Automatic, pull the starter and wedge the flex plate.
 

alwaysFlOoReD

Forum Staff Member
TRS Forum Moderator
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Apr 13, 2009
Messages
13,941
Reaction score
5,086
Points
113
Location
Calgary, Canada
Vehicle Year
'91, '80, '06
Make / Model
Ford, GMC,Dodge
Engine Size
4.0,4.0,5.7
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
You can try an air or electric impact wrench of sufficient torque capacity.
Or a hammer wrench.
 

snoranger

Professional money waster
TRS Event Staff
TRS Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
Article Contributor
RBV's on Boost
ASE Certified Tech
VAGABOND
TRS Event Participant
GMRS Radio License
Joined
Nov 25, 2007
Messages
13,090
Reaction score
13,653
Points
113
Location
Jackson, NJ
Vehicle Year
'79,'94,'02,'23
Make / Model
All Fords
Engine Type
2.3 EcoBoost
Transmission
Automatic
2WD / 4WD
4WD
My credo
I didn't ask for your life story, just answer the question!
Assuming the engine is on an engine stand…
Put 2 flywheel bolts back in, put a piece of metal between the bolts so it hits an arm of the engine stand. Unbolt the crank pulley bolt.

If the engine is not on a stand…
Put a bellhousing bolt back in and have the metal hit that instead on the engine stand arm.
 

alwaysFlOoReD

Forum Staff Member
TRS Forum Moderator
TRS Banner 2012-2015
TRS 20th Anniversary
Joined
Apr 13, 2009
Messages
13,941
Reaction score
5,086
Points
113
Location
Calgary, Canada
Vehicle Year
'91, '80, '06
Make / Model
Ford, GMC,Dodge
Engine Size
4.0,4.0,5.7
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
No idea. You'll know when it comes off... Lol. Just a suggestion to try since you have the engine out. If its on an engine stand try to figure out a way to prevent it turning. If the flexplate or flywheel is on maybe you can jam a screwdriver in somewhere, or visegrips clamped so it jams while turning. Pics would help.
 

svtcards

Active Member
Supporting Member
V8 Engine Swap
Joined
Sep 4, 2017
Messages
831
Reaction score
137
Points
43
Age
46
Location
Lyman maine
Vehicle Year
1987
Make / Model
ford
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
302
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
2WD
Total Drop
3'' front 4''back
Tire Size
245 35 18
If manual trans, put it in gear. Automatic, pull the starter and wedge the flex plate.
I tried that with a manual once and it still spun over
 

ericbphoto

Overlander in development
TRS Event Staff
TRS Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
TRS 20th Anniversary
VAGABOND
TRS Event Participant
GMRS Radio License
Joined
Feb 7, 2016
Messages
15,329
Reaction score
16,590
Points
113
Age
59
Location
Wellford, SC
Vehicle Year
1993
Make / Model
Ford Ranger
Engine Type
3.0 V6
Engine Size
3.0L
Transmission
Manual
2WD / 4WD
4WD
Total Lift
6"
Tire Size
35"
My credo
In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they are different.
I tried that with a manual once and it still spun over
Besides that, he already has the transmission separated from the engine. He can put the Trans in any gear he wants and it won't do a bit of good for this task.
 

bcschief

Member
Joined
Dec 7, 2013
Messages
92
Reaction score
32
Points
18
Location
crescent city fl
Vehicle Year
1986
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
2.9
Transmission
Manual
Impact wrench is the best way, Harbor Freight sells a corded 1/2-inch drive impact that will do it.
 

Josh P

Member
Joined
Oct 30, 2013
Messages
72
Reaction score
49
Points
18
Location
Phoenix, AZ
Vehicle Year
1991
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
4.0L
Transmission
Manual
Impact wrench is the best way, Harbor Freight sells a corded 1/2-inch drive impact that will do it.
That corded impact is useless. You could oil up the threads on head bolts, spin them in with 2 fingers and it still wouldn't back them out.
 

Uncle Gump

Token Old Guy
TRS Event Staff
TRS Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
VAGABOND
TRS Event Participant
Joined
Sep 17, 2018
Messages
13,964
Reaction score
13,454
Points
113
Location
Ottawa IL
Vehicle Year
2006/1986
Make / Model
Ranger/BroncoII
Engine Size
4.0L SOHC/2.9L
2WD / 4WD
4WD
My credo
Lead follow or get out of my way
Or buy a flywheel turner...

1708382768955.png
 

pjtoledo

Well-Known Member
Supporting Member
U.S. Military - Veteran
Joined
Oct 5, 2007
Messages
5,382
Reaction score
2,963
Points
113
Location
Toledo Ohio
Vehicle Year
20002005199
Make / Model
Fords
Engine Size
3.0 2.3
"poor mans impact" I've used it a couple times.

does not need crank/flywheel secured.

get a boxed end wrench for the crank bolt, or socket & breaker bar if it's recessed. no ratchets!

place wrench on bolt so it points to the left., use a good piece of rope and tie the wrench so it can't fly more than a few inches.

pre-tension the wrench, bungie or whatever.

use a 2 foot piece of hard wood and smack the hell out of the wrench, must be a very fast swing.

hint: keep face farther away than the rope is long.
you can have an assistant hold a broom handle/pole against the wrench for a less dramatic event. still need the rope!
 

bcschief

Member
Joined
Dec 7, 2013
Messages
92
Reaction score
32
Points
18
Location
crescent city fl
Vehicle Year
1986
Make / Model
Ford
Engine Size
2.9
Transmission
Manual
That corded impact is useless. You could oil up the threads on head bolts, spin them in with 2 fingers and it still wouldn't back them out.
Mine worked fine.
 

Shran

Junk Collector
TRS Forum Moderator
Supporting Member
Article Contributor
V8 Engine Swap
Solid Axle Swap
Truck of Month
Joined
Mar 4, 2008
Messages
8,694
Reaction score
4,792
Points
113
Location
Rapid City SD
Engine Type
V8
Engine Size
5.0
Mine worked fine.
I would agree with this... the current model Bauer corded impact is pretty good. Torque Test Channel on Youtube tested them and were able to get about 600ft/lbs max torque out of it and that is in par with a lot of air impacts - I think it actually scored higher than my old Earthquake impact - and that thing laughs at crank pulley bolts.

Now if you are talking about the cheapo old corded impacts... yeah, Josh is probably right. I have a DeWalt 1/2" corded impact that is about 20 years old now and it struggles with car & light truck lug nuts. Other knockoff brands of that style are even worse. In its day it was decent but we knew its limitations.
 

Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Staff online

Member & Vendor Upgrades

For a small yearly donation, you can support this forum and receive a 'Supporting Member' banner, or become a 'Supporting Vendor' and promote your products here. Click the banner to find out how.

Truck of The Month


Shran
April Truck of The Month

Recently Featured

Want to see your truck here? Share your photos and details in the forum.

Follow TRS On Instagram

TRS Events

25th Anniversary Sponsors

Check Out The TRS Store


Sponsored Ad


Sponsored Ad

Sponsored Ad


Amazon Deals

Top