Last post on Feb 17, 2011 at 1:49 PM
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#1 of 6 harmonic balancer nut 2.5L engine
May 22, 2010 (9:45 am)
Can't get harmonic balancer nut to come off. Is it a reverse thread?
#2 of 6 harmonic balancer nut 2.5L subaru
May 22, 2010 (9:51 am)
I cannot get the harmonic balancer nut off. Tried heating it. Is this a reverse thread from most engines?
#3 of 6 Re: harmonic balancer nut 2.5L subaru [mactavish2]
May 24, 2010 (4:34 pm)
Are you referring to the 22mm bolt on the front of the crankshaft? I believe that one is reverse-thread and can be a real PITA, especially if this is the first time it is being removed. If you don't have an air hammer or that does not work, one trick I learned from a friend who had grown up around airplane mechanics is to manually turn the engine until cylinder 1 is at the bottom of its stroke. Then, thread some nylon rope into the cylinder and compress it with the piston. This should keep the crankshaft from turning any further (if it does not, you need more rope in the cylinder!), and, you can now pop the bolt loose with a breaker bar, etc.
#4 of 6 harmonic balancer bolt
May 25, 2010 (4:11 am)
So, it is reverse thread? The guy working on this says he's never seen one that is reverse thread (on any car). Yes, he has an impact wrench.
#5 of 6 Re: harmonic balancer bolt [mactavish2]
May 25, 2010 (9:21 am)
No, I was mistaken... this bolt is not reverse thread! It has been about five years since I have pulled one off, so I checked a couple other sites for clarification. They all confirmed that it is not reverse thread.
A couple other tips I found along the way:
Easy way to remove the crank bolt:
Get an ratchet/breaker bar that is long enough to go to the ground. Put the bar on the drivers side of the car on the ground. now, make sure it's on there good. Now, bump the starter. Don't actually start the car, but bumping the starter will loosen the nut in about a 1/4 of a second. Much easier to do than to do it by hand.
You don't have to use the ground.
I usually use the driver's side framerail (near the battery), space permitting. A typical 1/2" breaker can reach it
#6 of 6 heavy crank bolts
Feb 17, 2011 (1:49 pm)
I ran into a situation like this on an acura (honda is notorious for tight crank pulley bolts). I eventually got a 3/4" drive setup with a 6' floor jack handle and supported the extension with a jackstand. As far as keeping the engine from rotating goes, I had the cylinder head off already so all I had to do was use the head bolts to jam something in to one of the pistons. When it broke loose I could have sworn that I had broken a connecting rod. I don't recommend the starter bump method because of the risk of damage to the flexplate/flywheel and starter. And the starter doesn't neccessarrily have the requisite torque to accomplish the task.