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How do you remove the harmonic balancer in order the change the timing belt in a 1997 Nissan Pathfinder?


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2015-07-15 21:07:09
2015-07-15 21:07:09

Harmonic Balancer puller. can buy, or can use Auto Zone's tool loaner deal, where you pay for it, use it, then bring it back for a refund. I advise using an impact wrench on that crank bolt. if you use a breaker bar, you may move the crankshaft, and lose you timing match-up - it is on there tight. It needs to be re-torqued to the specified value, too. Make sure your torque wrench will reach the bolt first.

i found it just as easy to remove the bolt then either use a pry bar behind it or just pull with my hand and tap the flat edge gently but aggresivly with a hammer. it will come off...


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You will need special tools like: harmonic balancer puller, and impact wrench.

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Remove the belt. Remove the bolt that attaches the harmonic balancer. Rent or purchase a harmonic balancer puller. Follow the Instructions with the puller and remove the old balancer. Install the new balancer making sure to line up the keyway, a little oil helps. Put the retaining bolt back in and tighten to manufacture specs.

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take the serpentine belt off and then take the crank pulley off the balancer and then you will need a puller to get the balancer off the crank.

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