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Old 11-22-2007, 09:36 PM   #1
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Default front crank pulley bolt very tight, left or right hand thread ?

I am having trouble removing the bolt on the lower pulley, it would help to know if it is left or right hand thread. Anyone have an idea ? Thanks.

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Old 11-22-2007, 09:49 PM   #2
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ummm.. right tighty lefty loosey.. crank bolt is the same as most other bolts. easiest way to break it loose is rest the end of the breaker bar just behind the radiator (on the driver side of course) and bump the starter.
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Old 11-23-2007, 03:33 AM   #3
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It's normally threaded for sure.

If your somewhat apprehensive about bumping the starter to break it loose, Throw the car in fifth with all the wheels on the ground, grab a 1/2 inch ratchet with the appropriate socket, and a 3 foot breaker bar. I use a 3 foot ceiling fan extension bar as my breaker bar. Works like a champ.

We had to crank the crank pulley off a Toyota pick up once and couldn't get it loose. We ended with using a 3/4 inch socket, 2 foot breaker bar with a 8 foot extension bar. Two Mexican guys were hanging from the bar and it still wouldn't break, so a third guy grabbed the bar, they all bounced one time in unison and it finally cracked. When the bolt let loose in the stall, it was louder than a gunshot and the customers in the waiting area freaked out and thought someone had a gun.

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Old 11-23-2007, 06:42 PM   #4
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Two Mexican guys were hanging from the bar and it still wouldn't break, so a third guy grabbed the bar...

True Story.

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so how many Mexicans does it take to loosen a bolt?
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Old 11-23-2007, 08:54 PM   #5
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My 07 STI took a 3 ft breaker bar put it in gear and pull the E-Brake tight, and pull it like your 12 and its your pud it'll bust loose.
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Old 11-24-2007, 10:28 PM   #6
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Thanks for all of the ideas. After finding out that it was standard rh-thread, I put a breaker bar on the bolt and had my Dad bump the starter while I held the bar, it worked great.
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Old 11-24-2007, 11:30 PM   #7
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I put a breaker bar on the bolt and had my Dad bump the starter while I held the bar, it worked great.
You're a braver man than me!
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Old 11-24-2007, 11:31 PM   #8
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come again??? WOOOOW

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Old 11-25-2007, 02:12 AM   #9
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Thanks for all of the ideas. After finding out that it was standard rh-thread, I put a breaker bar on the bolt and had my Dad bump the starter while I held the bar, it worked great.

you could have hurt yourself doing that
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Old 11-25-2007, 03:46 AM   #10
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why hasn't someone put a tried and true way to do this in a stickey. makes more sense then having the kid trying to hurt himself severly. this is what i did and worked like a charm. i put my car in fourth with two 4x4 peices of wood behind the front tires, pulled the e-brake, sprayed pb blaster let sit for about 5 min. then i grabbed my breaker bar with my 21mm socket, and gave it a nice hard push to the left, and bingo. it took me all of 20min to change mine. there stickey that so no more noobies hold the breaker while their dad cranks the engine over. for auto's don't ask me i don't own one but i am sure someone will have a stickey for that i hope.
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Old 11-25-2007, 01:48 PM   #11
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why hasn't someone put a tried and true way to do this in a stickey. makes more sense then having the kid trying to hurt himself severly. this is what i did and worked like a charm. i put my car in fourth with two 4x4 peices of wood behind the front tires, pulled the e-brake, sprayed pb blaster let sit for about 5 min. then i grabbed my breaker bar with my 21mm socket, and gave it a nice hard push to the left, and bingo. it took me all of 20min to change mine. there stickey that so no more noobies hold the breaker while their dad cranks the engine over. for auto's don't ask me i don't own one but i am sure someone will have a stickey for that i hope.
That's exactly how I broke mine loose:
PB Blaster.
Car in 4th with the E-brake on.
My 1/2 inch drive breaker bar.
Three foot extension.
Broke loose on the first try.

PB blaster rocks your wrenching world.

Oh and to answer the OP question. It's a right-hand (normal) bolt.
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