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moparsrule60
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Mar 10, 2012, 5:03 PM

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Need to install the harmonic balancer on my 1995 dodge neon. Cannot find an installer tool to fit in my area. Guy on youtube got a longer bolt than the original one put a couple washers on it and the used it put the balancer back on. My problem is everywhere I looked nobody has the size bolt I need . Fastenal is closed but will be open on monday. Was wondering if I could slowly tap it on with a hammer and just use the original bolt to tighten it down the rest of the way.


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Mar 10, 2012, 5:08 PM

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That's why they make installer tools. Using a bolt is not a good idea. It can pull the threads out easily.




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Mar 10, 2012, 5:17 PM

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wondering if I could slowly tap it on with a hammer and just use the original bolt to tighten it down the rest of the way.




See this main crankshaft bearing here? It is built to control the thrust (back and forth) play in the crankshaft. You bang on the balancer with a hammer and you end up damaging the thrust bearing. Then you end up with big problems with the crankshaft walking around.





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Mar 10, 2012, 11:03 PM

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I agree ..NO hammer. However there may be hope . Hit the phone book in the morning. Some parts houses rent tools and you may get lucky.


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speed
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Mar 12, 2012, 11:28 AM

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i have pictures of what happens to a crankshaft when you use a hammer to install a harmonic balancer, will post them when i figure out how lol





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Mar 12, 2012, 12:41 PM

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that is what happens when you use a hammer to install your harmonic balancer





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Mar 12, 2012, 7:06 PM

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Where is the rest of it? Can't you JB weld that?





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speed
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Mar 12, 2012, 7:09 PM

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The rest is elsewhere it was in an ls1 for a 02 camaro for a graduate from years before





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Mar 13, 2012, 4:19 AM

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Gee, I bet we could get a piece from a Geo Tracker that would work fine.


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Mar 14, 2012, 4:30 PM

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If I laugh any harder there could be poop in my pants!

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