Originally Posted by REGAL GUY
IF you use a impact gun on the crank bolt you are actual sending the force threw the crank to the main bearings never a good idea thats why the factory came up with
the fly wheel holder as you show
Now as far as the RED NECK FLYWHEEL HOLDER
the poor average Joe out there cant afford to spend $150 on a one time use tool
is not this FORAUM to help that guy working in his driveway to fix his car???
They are on here because they cant afford $150 a hour shop rates to fix there car
AS the other member posted long pry bar with other guy holding it works to with no damage
The RED NECK ENGINE HOLDER works with one person and its to help the average guy out there
The start of this post was to see what other people out there have used or there ideas
or to help the average JOE
I got the impression that you wanted something better than the prybar method, because you want to be a cut above the rest. If you want to go full FSM on this, you can. That lists the 'proper' procedure that can be repeated time after time with no issues during the job, or down the line. You start deviating from that, and you start introducing risk of failure. If you swap the tool for the prybar method, you risk the prybar slipping out and collateral damage. You swap the bolt removal or replacement procedures with an impact gun, you pick up another risk, but also gain the job difficulty relief as well. Remember too that the manual also indicates the HB bolt is TTY, so that means it SHOULD be replaced any time it comes out. It also should be torqued to some ungodly torque (138ftlbs sticks in my mind for some reason), and then stretched even further (another 38**?) when it goes in. When torque levels go up, so does the risk of something going wrong. That is the real reason the FSM'* list the procedures they do in my opinion.
To be honest, I haven't heard of an engine failure yet that came about from using the impact, and in my case, with a failed HB, my crank was already getting hammered by the accessories, so one last time shouldn't make a difference.
Yes we are a bunch of guys on the interweb, all with our own opinions, but ultimately you have the final decision on how you want to do it and why. The information you share, and that was shared with you will be there for the next time someone else comes around needing to do the same job.
Cheers mate, and watch out for the grammar police, cuz deys will getcha if yous aint watchin.