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Need Help With Fat Bolt

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hi, for all the mechanics that have changed timing belts, how the **** do i take off the crankshaft pulley bolt. that thing is in TIGHT and does not want to come out. impact gun doesnt work either, will an air compressor do? after i get it out, how do i apply that much force back in to tighten it again??? thanks for any help!

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The bolt face & pulley face get their surfaces mated up against themselves so well they just become "stuck" & you can't hardly twist the bolt loose in the conventional way. You need a stronger impact wrench,over 200 lb. torque. Another way I've done it is to take a acetelene torch, heat the bolt head red, let it set (soak) about 1 min., then you can turn it easily, heat makes the bolt get longer (expands long ways). Good luck

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i see...can i use butane gas torch? and how do those dealership guys do it...removing a 239lb-ft bolt like that.

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No, don't use a butane torch. Use the impact wrench. 200-250lbs sounds right.

If you can't get to it, WD40 it, and use the right tools.

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i've been using a 217lb torque impact wrench...doesnt even move it. so what i did was i found a socket wrench big enough to fit the fat bolt and wrapped the wrench with a thick pipe and let it land onto the floor then cranked the starter. popped right off.

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Interesting. I wouldn't have cranked the starter, just use a lot of elbow grease, but you did it. Congrats. :)

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If shop impact wrench won't break it loose they use a "slugger" type wrench or heat it with an aceteline torch like I discribed.

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Yeah, I've seen some shops using an open-head wrench and a thick metal sleeve, and pull.

BlackSC4: Why are you torqueing it to 239lbs'? you should just tighten it so that it stops any leaks, or else change the bolt.

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