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Old 05-23-2010, 01:21 AM   #1
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i spent 8 hours trying to break that damn harmonic balancer bolt lose between me and 3 other guys and 3 impact wrences not a thing while trying to break it lose i was pulling on it and i SPLIT a 24 mm socket right down the side from end to end what the hell id think after 3 guys who are not little in means of stature and 3 diffrent impacts and it didnt even budge and a whole can of p b blaster what am i doing wrong lol TORCHES....torches didnt even work all they did was melt the rubber some lol so now i cant drive it untill i get it off and the new one on period any advice at all would be GREATLY appreciated

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A better socket and one long azz bar for leverage. Ya, I've bent a few Craftsman tools in my day and feel your pain. IMO torches often make things worse. Find a way to increase you ability to to deliver torque the the socket. i.e., longer cheater bar.
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lol my cheater bar is almost as tall as me and the more outward force /extension i put on it it makes it slip off the bolt easier
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With my dad'* SSE, he split a socket <non impact>, and smoked an electric impact gun also trying to get it off. The magic answer was an impact 6 point socket, a 24" breaker bar, and a whole lot of swearing, with a man driving a pry bar into the flywheel to keep the engine from moving. I wonder if that bolt will survive the encounter at that rate though...
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Can you wedge the breaker bar on something and use the engine to break it loose. Sometimes tapping the starter and cranking the engine will break the da*n thing loose. I have done this before.
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in regards to super'* idea it crossed my mind but i havent tried it and BELEIVE me the f word and just about every other word have came from my mouth today n yeah i used a pry bar to hold the flywheel in place but my uncle has an industrial grade impact and an air compressor that he has to pull behind his truck and hes bringin them out tomorrow and maybe thatwill work but i doubt it i just DO NOT want to break that bolt if it wont come out with all this i dont want to have to try to have to use an extractor
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When really stubborn I use a good impact socket and a heavy breaker bar. Wedge the breaker bar in to the sub frame and lower control arm. Then try with the starter. If this does not work. Ahh, well, start the engine and shut it right back off. Make sure NO ONE has there arms in there, or standing near by.
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yeah i was pulling on it with a 24mm impact socket and breaker bar and i split the socket in half so my uncle is beringing his air compressor that he has to pull behind his truck and his impact wich is alot bigger than mine hopefully well get it
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Splitting the socket with the breaker bar is no small task, and I think this job is beyond the starter bump. I hope the bolt remains intact.
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