Date: Sun, 16 May 1999 13:35:12 +0100
From: "Joseph Gilman" <>
Subject: Re: Removing crankshaft pulley bolt

Thanks for the info. I've already tried the starter motor trick but I used a 24" hinge bar which had a bit of play in it. I think I'm going to have to take the engine out and get an impact wrench on it - which isn't all bad because it will give me a chance to have a real good look at the engine. I've never done anything like that before - my housemate (ex British Army mechanic) reckons it should be easy enough, but does anyone know any common difficulties with doing this? Thanks, Joe john <> wrote in message > Dear Joe, > Had a tight bolt on my 85 which needed to come of to get at the oil pump seal. > Here's how it's done; get a good quality spanner - one thats slightly > goose necked to reach the bolt, place some packing between the bolt and > bulkhead to hold it on, place a block of wood on the drivers side bulk > head where the other end of the spanner will come to rest. Now for the > good bit; pull the spanner away from the block as far as possible, > disconnect the fuel pump relay and coil and crank the engine - the > spanner will fly round and hit the block of wood and break it free - you > may need to do this a couple of times before it will free the bolt but it > usualy works fine. If this fails - bad luck - the only other way is to get > the engine out and use an impact air gun or cold chisel. > > Good luck > > John

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