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Old 12-17-2010, 15:37   #1 (permalink)
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Problem Removing Harmonic Balancer

i am trying to change my timing belt in my 89 ranger (2wd), 2.3L. I am having trouble removing the big bolt in the harmonic balancer. which direction are the threads? i was gonna get a piece of pipe to put on my breaker bar, but i wanna be sure that i'm turning it the right direction. i read a thing saying to put the breaker bar against the frame and hit the starter, but that didnt work. an impact wont work. i tried heating it and everything. i'm stuck. so if anybody could help me out at all i'd really appreciate it.

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It's right hand thread. Keep at it.
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Old 12-17-2010, 18:22   #3 (permalink)
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if the engine turns clock wise viewed from the front i think it will be left hand threaded
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Old 12-17-2010, 19:04   #4 (permalink)
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The engine turns clockwise but it's right hand thread.
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Old 12-18-2010, 09:32   #5 (permalink)
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ok thanks alot. i broke 1 of my breaker bars this morning, and thought i would never get it. but i tried with another and a 3 ft piece of pipe and it came right out..
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Glad you got it out. Now for the rest of the job.
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Old 12-18-2010, 16:05   #7 (permalink)
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ok, so i'm having another problem now.. how do u get the harmonic balancer off? i went and got a loaner harmonic balancer remover from auto zone, and i ended up screwing their set all up.. so does anyone have an illustration of how this is supposed to work? i tried everything, and it still wasnt really moving..
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Old 12-20-2010, 06:47   #9 (permalink)
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ugh.. i am starting to wonder if this truck is worth all of this... but now i have another problem. i followed a family members directions to mark the belt and just put it back on without putting it all back to tdc. and it wont start now. so, i just wanna know where the timing marks are so i can check it and see if that is my problem (i really believe it is). on the camshaft i found a "notch" out of part of the inner timing cover, i am assuming that is the mark for that, please correct me if im wrong. but i havent found anything for the oil pump, does that have to be lined up to anything? and the crankshaft has to be at 12 o' clock position right?
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an added note, i just went out and set the cam and crankshaft at tdc, and it still wont start. so i am assuming its something to do with the oil pump being out of time? i still dont see any marks for it. and have searched all over online looking for a location of it.
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