Re: How Can I Get My Crank Pulley Back On?
First off, thank you for all the well-written, helpful replies.
What I did:
I got a harmonic balancer pulley installer from O'Riley's. I was told it was the only one they had to lease and that it would work on my 420a Eclipse. I got home and quickly found out it would not work for several reasons. This sent me to go grad an impact gun, washers, and a 1" longer than stock bolt to go through the crank pulley bolt hole. I was able to set the pulley on the crank. While it rested, I put four washers on the bolt and used the impact gun to "push" the pulley on as far as it could. Carefully, I backed out the bolt and repeated the process until I was ready to use the stock bolt. The whole time, a person needs to make sure the crank's threads don't start to cross-thread or be damaged in any way. At first, I thought of putting grease on the bolt. This surely would keep the threads slippery and cool. However, I did not want to risk the bolt slipping out eventually down the road.
Now the bolt was through the pulley and everything looked fine but I needed to check the torque. Instead of jamming a bar between the pulley and the oil pan, my dad put his wits to work. What he suggested (and what I did) was to put a bolt and nut through a vice. Then, take the gun and go through each of its torque settings, 1-4. This way, I could see what torque specs each setting put out. I set the gun on notch "1" and it torqued at 80. Notch "2" torqued down at almost exactly 105 ft lbs. So bingo, I set the gun to notch 2 and that's the end of the story.
If anyone sees this thread in the future, feel free to send me a PM. I plan to be into DSMs for a long time so I should reply quickly.