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Old 10-25-2013, 06:51 PM   #1
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Connecting crankshaft to harmonic balancer

Well I noticed I was tearing up my belt so I went to get a new one. I got under the car and saw the harmonic balancer was sitting on the crankshaft at an angle. Unbolted the harmonic balancer and the woodruff key had sheared off about half way, so the other half is still stuck in the crankshaft. I bought a new woodruff key and can't figure out how to get the old one out. Does anyone have any ideas? Is there a tool for this? If I take it to a mechanic can they get it out and get the new one in? Thanks for the help!

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Should be able to use a punch.
It's a half-moon so it should tip out. As in take the punch to the engine side and the tire side should come out enough to grab with a locking pliers.
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Should be able to use a punch.
It's a half-moon so it should tip out. As in take the punch to the engine side and the tire side should come out enough to grab with a locking pliers.
It sheared off. Do I need to drop the oil pan to get to the engine side? There is very little room in there to work. I could see punching it through to the engine side. Not sure if leaving it sitting in the bottom of the oil pan is a great idea though.
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Very small chisel or maybe a pick?
The groove doesnt go that far into the crank snout, or that far along it so no fear there. the woodruf key is made of much softer metal than the crank, it will come out. Just walk it out a little. You get a new crank pulley or UDP?
There is alot of debate on the subject, but I say its a good time to upgrade to a UDP. Dont forget a little loctite on the crank pulley bolt too.
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Very small chisel or maybe a pick?
The groove doesnt go that far into the crank snout, or that far along it so no fear there. the woodruf key is made of much softer metal than the crank, it will come out. Just walk it out a little. You get a new crank pulley or UDP?
There is alot of debate on the subject, but I say its a good time to upgrade to a UDP. Dont forget a little loctite on the crank pulley bolt too.
I had an UDP pulley on it a while back and then about 2 1/2 years ago put around 3000 watts of stereo equipment into the car and decided the UDP was not a good idea. At that time I took it off and put the OEM pulley back on. After some time I started to shred that belt and decided I better get a new one and that's when I found the pulley had slipped and ripped the woodruff key in half. There really is nothing left to grab ahold of on the tire side. I don't have a punch tool to try and knock it out. It seems like what's left of it has really got itself stuck in there good. You think any decent mechanic can pop that out and install the new woodruff? I bought a used pulley because my OEM had actually slipped as well. I sold all that stereo equipment a while back. I might just go back to an UDP. It's no longer a daily driver, it has been sitting in my garage for 6 months now. I miss the shit out of it. I'm thinking of gutting it and really trying to speed it up some.
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