Anybody got a quick How-To they can post or can give me a quick run down? I need to replace the one in my son's '96 3.5 and just need the scoop on it like the best way to loosen the center bolt and any other tips. Thanks as always.
To loosen the bolt use a flat edge or even a big tip flathead screw driver to lock the shaft from turning when removing the bolt. After that use a 3jaw puller but you might need a spacer to remove the balancer so the center punch doesn't screw up the thread to the crank snout.
The bolt can be used as a spacer if needed but keep the bolt in ether a quarter way or half way in.
About the only way to do this with out removing WAY too much material is to go rent the chrysler harmonic balancer tool from Autozone. It is designed to remove the harmonic balancer with minimal disassembly. I think you'll only have to remove the cooling fans.
To remove the center bolt, I can't remember what I did to lock the engine from turning... A large screwdriver through one of the 'spokes' of the pulley on the block some place should hold it. Once you pull that bolt, the puller comes with a long pin to put down the snout of the crank and the rest of the puller is specifically shaped for our balancers.
TCP - A three jaw will do it, but realy only practical if the radiator and evaporator are removed, or the engine is out of the car.
Didn't know there was a special chrysler tool for this. In the 02 FSM they show a 3 jaw puller.
The Chrysler tool is basically a heavy 3 jaw puller, except it comes with an adapter for the crankshaft pulley hole, that gives you a straight pull on it and wont damage the threads, and the jaws are made to fit perfectly onto the pulley.
It comes with a holding tool as well that you can use to prevent the crankshaft from turning with when removing/installing the pulley bolt.
Piece of cake removing the pulley with one, about 3 minutes, if you do it regularly they are totally worth the $60 from OTC tools, if not the Autozone tool rental is the way to go.
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