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Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Crankshaft Harmonic Balancer
Common signs include engine vibration, misaligned timing marks, and a separated harmonic balancer.
How to Buy a Good Quality Crankshaft Harmonic Balancer
It sounds musical, but what it really does is disperse vibrations that travel through the crankshaft to prevent damage to it and other vehicle components. The harmonic balancer, or vibration damper,...
How Long Does a Crankshaft Harmonic Balancer Last?
The crankshaft harmonic balancer is also known as the crank pulley damper. It is connected to the crankshaft on the engine and reduces vibrations that originate from your engine. In addition, it...
How to Replace a Harmonic Balancer
Harmonic balancers fail when the engine is causing excessive vibrations and the timing marks are misaligned.

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how do I change an external harmonic balancer?
You will have to remove the center bolt. Once the bolt is removed, then using a harmonic pulley puller and locking the puller to the three bolt holes and running the center bolt in until the pulley and harmonic pulley...
Knocking noise - 1997 Oldsmobile 98
Hi! I recommend having a close inspection of the harmonic balancer on the front of the crankshaft. When the rubber that's bonded between the pulley and the hub begins to fail and separate, it starts to move around and can...
Can you drive 1993 buick at 65 mph + to from work for 18 months with bad balancer
In regards to the question about driving a car for extended time with a bad harmonic balancer, it's very difficult to answer that question without having more specifics. If the motor is rattling at idle, it could be caused by...
Car jerking going into gear
If your car is jerking when shifting, I would first check to make sure that the transmission fluid is topped off at the proper level, as low fluid may interfere with the proper operation of the transmission. If the fluid...
I changed my front mail seal and Harmonic balancer.
The front crank shaft damper is on a key way and it should not matter if the engine moved when loosening or tightening the damper harmonic balancer. The camshaft will move in and out a little bit and this is...
What's causing my car to all the sudden lose power steering and the A/C to stop blowing cold?
Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2005 Buick Century. If the belt would stop and spin intermittently but was still intact then you more than likely have a bad harmonic balancer. The balancer deteriorates and the outer pulley...
Rounded harmonic balancer bolt
If you rounded it off, then you really need to get that thing up. They do make those special sockets sets that have rigid edges and for different size bolts. Get the closest one that fits on that and whack...
I have a bad harmonic balancer causing the serp to lose tension and Ground Control to Major Tom.
You should match to the original one. I looked up the part and the factory only lists one part number. I can only suggest getting the one that matches the one that came off. If you would like a second...
May be harmonic balancer pully.
Hello. I will help you relative to your question about operating a car without a harmonic balancer. Your supposition that damage could or will occur if you operate the car without a harmonic balancer is correct. If, however, you are...
Loud metal screeching noise and vibration from pulley
Hello, thanks for writing in. For this particular vehicle it appears that the pulley and harmonic balancer are integrated into one unit. That means replacing either would be to replace both, as they are one part. If you would like...
Harmonic balancer broke replaced now won't start
There are two main possibilities. Depending on how or why the balancer failed (e.g., did it fail suddenly accompanied by the car engine completely stopping), it is possible the timing belt has slipped or is even broken. It is also...
Are crankshaft pulleys and harmonic balancers the same thing? I have a 1998 Buick Century custom and it is wobbling and making a loud noise.
Hi, thanks for writing in. On your vehicle, the pulley is actually manufactured into the harmonic balancer. If the pulley is wobbling, it would be best to have a certified mechanic, like those available at, take a look at...
What does it mean when the harmonic balancer wobbles?
Hi, thanks for writing in. When the harmonic balancer is wobbling, it would be best not to run the engine. The harmonic balancers function is to counteract the vibrations in the engine so damage doesn't occur. When it fails, it...
Distributor install
Bring up number one piston to TDC on its compression stroke and then align the crank mark with the big V between the two marks on the timing cover. Then align the distributor to number one on the distributor cap...
Replace crank seal and harmonic balancer
What you must of seen is a mechanic using sealer on the outside of the seal so it will seal any leaks between the seal and the front cover. This is okay to do. Before the balancer is installed you...

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