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Old 01 Nov 2006, 07:33 pm
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Default Problem changing timing belt on 89 Civic

I tried to change the timing belt on my 89 Civic, I get as far as the
crankshaft flywheel/pulley but the nut that secured it to the
crankshaft is so tight that no matter what we did, me and my friend
can't get it to loosen, does anyone have any idea how to do this?

Is it one of those bolts that has a reverse thread? I did not try that
for fear of tighten it even further. Also the space to stick a ratchet
in is VERY narrow, what could be a better tool to use?

Any idea will be very much appreciated. Thank you all in advance!



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Old 01 Nov 2006, 07:56 pm
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"newbie" <philipma@netzero.net> wrote in news:1162431222.360222.294060
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> I tried to change the timing belt on my 89 Civic, I get as far as the
> crankshaft flywheel/pulley but the nut that secured it to the
> crankshaft is so tight that no matter what we did, me and my friend
> can't get it to loosen, does anyone have any idea how to do this?
>
> Is it one of those bolts that has a reverse thread? I did not try that
> for fear of tighten it even further. Also the space to stick a ratchet
> in is VERY narrow, what could be a better tool to use?
>
> Any idea will be very much appreciated. Thank you all in advance!
>
>
>



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Old 01 Nov 2006, 07:56 pm
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"newbie" <philipma@netzero.net> wrote in message
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>I tried to change the timing belt on my 89 Civic, I get as far as the
> crankshaft flywheel/pulley but the nut that secured it to the
> crankshaft is so tight that no matter what we did, me and my friend
> can't get it to loosen, does anyone have any idea how to do this?
>
> Is it one of those bolts that has a reverse thread? I did not try that
> for fear of tighten it even further. Also the space to stick a ratchet
> in is VERY narrow, what could be a better tool to use?
>
> Any idea will be very much appreciated. Thank you all in advance!
>
>
>


Not a left-handed thread, but ungodly tight. You will need a bunch more than
a ratchet can provide to break that bad boy loose. TeGGeR covers it well on
http://tegger.com/hondafaq/cranktool/index.html

As he says, renting the manliest (sorry, Elle) electric impact wrench you
can find is money well spent. You don't even need to come up with a way of
holding the pulley in that case, and even a good strap wrench will hold the
pulley while you retorque it. I last broke one loose with a 500 ft-lb impact
with the regulator right at the tool. *Wear eye protection, and don't even
think of using a shiny (non-impact) socket.* It properly torques to about
1/4 that torque... dunno exactly what it is on the Civic.

Be sure to review the following subjects on the website about aligning the
belt before you take the belt off.

Mike


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Old 02 Nov 2006, 03:05 am
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Default Re: Problem changing timing belt on 89 Civic

newbie wrote:
>
> I tried to change the timing belt on my 89 Civic, I get as far as the
> crankshaft flywheel/pulley but the nut that secured it to the
> crankshaft is so tight that no matter what we did, me and my friend
> can't get it to loosen, does anyone have any idea how to do this?
>
> Is it one of those bolts that has a reverse thread? I did not try that
> for fear of tighten it even further. Also the space to stick a ratchet
> in is VERY narrow, what could be a better tool to use?
>
> Any idea will be very much appreciated. Thank you all in advance!
>
>


You can either use an impact gun, buy the correct pulley holding tool from a
retailer such as eToolcart.com http://tinyurl.com/63tq2, or build your own
pulley holding tool as I did for my '88 Civic which I describe in this post
http://tinyurl.com/2x432. Note that in order for my ascii art diagram to
make sense, you'll need to view it using a nonproportional monospaced font
such as Courier. You could also just copy and paste it into Notepad some
other text editor.
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Old 02 Nov 2006, 11:38 am
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Default Re: Problem changing timing belt on 89 Civic

Thank you all, your comments have been EXTREMELY helpful and very much
appreciated!

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