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Harmonic balancer - do i have enough room for an impact?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by cast718, Jun 28, 2020.

  1. Jun 28, 2020 at 7:24 PM
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    I was in the shop getting my exhaust repaired and the mechanic pointed out that my harmonic balancer was wobbling, probably shot rubber in there. He said it could be a few hour job, so a few hundred bucks. I'm considering tackling this, but not sure if i could get an impact on that bolt head to break it loose. The engine bump method makes me uneasy so thats out. Anyone who has done this job lately have any info for me? I've got a 2004 4x4 standard cab. The shop mentioned that the radiator might have to come out to access the bolt, and when I look down into the bay, it does look really tight.
     
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    Either remove rad, or do bump method.

    Bump method is scary, but its fine as long as you visualize and make sure the engine is rotating the correct way. I like to disable ignition prior to the bump method.
     
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    I bought a piece of 1/4" X 3 steel 4' long and drilled the appropriate holes and ran some bolts through the holes in the balancer. Put in on one side of the truck down to the ground and loosen the bolt that way, use it the other way to tighten.
     
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    No need to remove the radiator or to use the "bump" method (although I think the bump method would work in a pinch). And an impact will most likely NOT do the job. I just used a long breaker bar on the bolt and a "Pulley holder, OTC 4754" (for $54) to keep the pulley from turning.
     
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    Depends on the size of your impact .

    The fun part is after the bolt spins out you can`t get things out your up against the condenser
     
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    I agree. It was scary first time for me but went exactly as it should.
     
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    So you're saying that once I actually get the bolt out, there's still no room for a puller to pull the actual pulley out?
     
  8. Jun 30, 2020 at 8:02 AM
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    No what I meant was the back of your impact gun may be against the condenser .

    This happens to me quite often in tight areas .
     

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