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Old 06-19-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
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Legacy Has anyone removed a crankshaft pulley on an Automatic?

Need help here guys. I'm going to install a lightweight crankshaft pulley on my 01 Legacy and I need to know if I should put my car in gear to keep the crankshaft from turning. it is a 4EAT.
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:10 PM   #2
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Put it in D? The idea is you want to keep the engine from turning, so you engage the entire drivetrain to use all that friction to your benefit.
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:33 PM   #3
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ok but I put it on D and its still turning
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Old 06-19-2007, 04:57 PM   #4
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damn automatics...I don't know dude, I drive a manual! It was just an educated guess (that was wrong).
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:12 PM   #6
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W.Mark. Thanks for the help. I wish I could drive stick but I'll have to learn that later. If it was stick it would have been easy as I saw the installation of the Perrin lightweight pulley on www.subie.tv and it was that method. DLC thanks again. I understood now what you meant. So tomorrow I will tackle it again
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:39 PM   #7
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I installed a Mr. Josh pulley on my '91 SS while it still had an automatic.

Putting it in gear will NOT WORK. I pulled off the access cover to the left of the throttle body (or rather, it was already missing, having fallen down between the flexplate and engine long ago) and turned the motor over until I could see a small hole in it. I then crammed a bigass screwdriver into the hole and broke the pulley nut loose. The screwdriver wedged the flexplate against the engine side of the bellhousing, and kept the motor from turning. It helps if you have someone else to help, but I did it by myself.

Hope that helps some.
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:58 PM   #8
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I installed a Mr. Josh pulley on my '91 SS while it still had an automatic.

Putting it in gear will NOT WORK. I pulled off the access cover to the left of the throttle body (or rather, it was already missing, having fallen down between the flexplate and engine long ago) and turned the motor over until I could see a small hole in it. I then crammed a bigass screwdriver into the hole and broke the pulley nut loose. The screwdriver wedged the flexplate against the engine side of the bellhousing, and kept the motor from turning. It helps if you have someone else to help, but I did it by myself.

Hope that helps some.
BINGO.....that is the way to go. Use a big screwdriver (or similar) to wedge between the flexplate and the trans opening is the way to go.
Shifting into "D" does nothing.
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Old 06-20-2007, 04:13 PM   #9
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That's basically what I told him via PM.
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Old 06-20-2007, 05:12 PM   #10
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I am such a noob lol. I Looked topside for this hole and now realize its below. I had hoped to avoid jacking the car up but....got to do it now. what sucks is the fact i'm all alone doing this and wish I had someone with experience to guide/help me with this little job. ah, **** it.
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:02 PM   #11
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The hole is on the top.
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:29 PM   #12
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I don't know if it's the same on later years, but mine was also on the top.
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Old 06-20-2007, 07:58 PM   #13
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I don't know if it's the same on later years, but mine was also on the top.
I'm pretty sure it's the same on all of them.

It is under a rubber plug on the passenger's side of the throttle body at the back of the engine.

On a side note, I recently found the plug that went over my inspection port. It was caught between the engine and the flexplate.
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Old 06-20-2007, 11:18 PM   #14
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Don't use a nice screw driver. I bent the hell out of my brand new screwdriver after switching the crank pulley for my TEC 3.
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Don't use a nice screw driver. I bent the hell out of my brand new screwdriver after switching the crank pulley for my TEC 3.
Unless you have a craftsman. Free replacement
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Old 06-20-2007, 11:55 PM   #16
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Ok ok. I did look in that region but I didn't see the hole. better yet, FAILED to see what your describing. I am even more determined now to find the SOB and get this done. I may take a picture of the area and post it if I don't find it though I'm going to kick myself if its in plain sight.
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Old 06-21-2007, 12:53 AM   #17
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i think i shifted to gear 1 with my auto when I did mine..
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We did it with the screwdriver, passenger side, up above the throttle body.
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Old 06-21-2007, 03:29 PM   #19
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Still didn't find it. Although I'm beginning to suspect two places on the side where everyone is indicating where it should be. one would be where the pcv hose connects to the crankcase and the other is bolt that has a Hex key slot for it. both are in the area of the throttle body on the passenger side. I'm linking some photos of the area so that maybe someone can identify the freakin hole for me. http://s195.photobucket.com/albums/z227/subiestar/
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Old 06-21-2007, 08:34 PM   #20
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The part circled is what I am talking about. It's the rubber part with the nub that's way down there. It's a bit easier to get to if you remove the box.

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Old 06-22-2007, 05:35 PM   #21
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I found the hole......but couldn't get the pulley to budge. And here's more drama. The tensioner for the AC broke when I tried to tighten the belt for it. Anyone know where to find one of those? or at least a part number perhaps?

Update: I found the part number. can't believe such a small part could be such a bitch.

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