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Old 06-23-2009, 03:59 AM   #1
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Default Crank pulley removal.

So I know Subaru have a special tool to hold the crank pulley so you can bust off that long stubborn crank bolt safely. but it's $150??? forget it!!
what are also other alternatives?
I heard about the starter method and I hate breaking things so this is out of my list.
5 speed clutch brake method? too much play can't take it off.
Screw driver on flywheel teeth? will that break my teeth?
Chain wrench on the pulley? will that wreck the pulley?
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Old 06-23-2009, 10:37 AM   #2
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Put it in 5th gear, have someone step on the brakes. Apply long breaker bar to crank pulley.
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Old 06-24-2009, 11:37 AM   #3
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I wrapped an old accessory belt around the pulley to avoid damaging it and then got a chain wrench onto it so i could break it loose. It worked great.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:17 PM   #4
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I wrapped an old accessory belt around the pulley to avoid damaging it and then got a chain wrench onto it so i could break it loose. It worked great.

This is how i do it too. I use an old timing belt though. I wrap the smooth side against the pulley and the ribbed side conforms to the chain wrench. Works every time.
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Old 06-24-2009, 03:20 PM   #5
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I've done the cranking method on a few cars and it worked.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:17 PM   #6
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I saw a post somewhere where a guy used the straight and curved pieces of steel(the 1/4" flat bars with all the holes drilled into them and usually painted black) from his electric garage door opener and bolted them to the crank pulley with the 8mm bolts and then connected them with another nut/bolt and anchored the long piece somehow and he was able to get the crank pulley nut off with no problem. If you don't have a garage door opener to rob from, I'm not sure what those parts would sell for at a shop that specializes in garage doors, but you'd really only need the curved piece as you could make the straight one from regular steel.

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Old 08-07-2010, 06:04 PM   #7
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Went by autozone and bought a chain wrench. Clamped it kinda loose on the crank pulley, and it held it with ease. Also used it to hold a camshaft gear after i got the first one off. Got the first one off by using vice grips on a cut timing belt, wrapped it around pulley, clamped it, then wedged the vice grips between pulleys.
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Old 08-07-2010, 06:41 PM   #8
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I'm glad you got it, I've always used the 5th gear method with no problems , it makes you nervous like your going to brake something but it worked, you must have gotten one subaru leaned on lol
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Old 08-07-2010, 08:46 PM   #9
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The 5th gear method should work just fine. I've done four thus far of varying age and maintenance and had no problems doing so.

You will need a good breaker-bar that is at least 2-1/2 feet long, so that you can effectively maximize the torque yield that you put into it. Also, you will need a 22mm impact-style short socket.

Put the car in 5th and as boost4life suggested, have a friend sit in the car with his/her foot on the brake.

Before you do any of this you should of course have removed the plastic cover over the accessory belts and have removed both belts as well as for the coolant reservoir (if yours is located on/next-to the radiator).

Make sure when you do have the breaker-bar in place that the socket is fully seated and that the bar is in a full 90-degree perpendicular position. You don't want the bar out at an angle (regardless of the fact that there is little space to move it to begin with). The bar should be in effect pointing straight up and not cocked toward the front of the car.

Do not use a chain-wrench or any other clamp-type device. Don't bother with old accessory belts and so-on. You need only to use a breaker-bar and socket.

Trust me, you can do it.

FWIW, I did a LCP install on an automatic. Now that's a different story.

You can do it. Have faith in yourself.
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:15 AM   #10
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I remember when I was installing my LCP it took everything I got to break the bolt even with the breaker bar.
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Old 03-05-2014, 08:07 PM   #11
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Put it in 5th gear, have someone step on the brakes. Apply long breaker bar to crank pulley.
DUDE THANK YOU SO MUCH! MY IMPACT WRENCH WOULD LOOSEN IT. I DID THIS METHOD WITH A BREAKER BAR AND PRESTO! THE DARN THING BROKE LOOSE! THANKS AGAIN!
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Old 03-05-2014, 10:10 PM   #12
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More like $60
http://www.amazon.com/Subaru-Crank-Pulley-Tool-C23-503/dp/B009ZDCQX2
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Old 03-06-2014, 09:03 AM   #13
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And for future reference, the starter method isn't nearly as scary as it sounds, and works instantly! Your chances of breaking something with that are actually less than any other method.
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Old 03-09-2014, 03:02 PM   #15
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my original breaker bar bent. So i went to home depot and got a 4ft thick pipe. It was just about to the top of the hood, but after putting some serious muscle into it, it broke loose. Being my first time i thought i broke something, But it was just on there extremely well.
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:31 PM   #16
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I got my bolt out using the brake and in gear method, I used 3rd gear, but now with the bolt out the pulley is completely stuck on. =( tried a rubber mallet tried hammer, tried pry bar. It is extremely rusty so I put penetrating lubricant on the OUTSIDE but near where it sits. It feels so stuck on I'm convinced there's got to be something wrong, or that I'm missing.
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I got my bolt out using the brake and in gear method, I used 3rd gear, but now with the bolt out the pulley is completely stuck on. =( tried a rubber mallet tried hammer, tried pry bar. It is extremely rusty so I put penetrating lubricant on the OUTSIDE but near where it sits. It feels so stuck on I'm convinced there's got to be something wrong, or that I'm missing.
You are on the right track.
Keep penetrating it. Patience... Knock it with a slightly harder hammer to give it some vibes. Will eventually come out. If not use a puller to support.
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I got my bolt out using the brake and in gear method, I used 3rd gear, but now with the bolt out the pulley is completely stuck on. =( tried a rubber mallet tried hammer, tried pry bar. It is extremely rusty so I put penetrating lubricant on the OUTSIDE but near where it sits. It feels so stuck on I'm convinced there's got to be something wrong, or that I'm missing.
Try this: http://www.grimmspeed.com/crank-pull...l-tool-subaru/
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I've used the starter method dozens of times. It works in a pinch.
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Default Anybody try this method? (Video)

I'm going to have to remove the crankshaft pulley, preferably with minimum additional investment.

Has anybody tried the method in this video, using an old belt wrapped around the alt/ps pulleys to create the tension?

VIDEO: How to remove Crankshaft pulley bolt trick tip Subaru and others
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Subaru Stars 4 spd auto.. saw no teeth when i looked into the bell

I removed my air box and opened the hole on top of the bell housing... but i didnt see any teeth there or anyting else that a screwdriver could lock into to hold it. i guess i saw the torque converter rather than the flywheel? i dont really understand all i know about auto transmissions.

dont want to spend 50 on the subie tool.. and dont want to mar my pulley with a chain wrench. what did i miss in that rabbit hole on the bell housing?

I'm trying to torque the bolt. I used the starter bump method to remove and it worked like a charm. (note: remove the spark plug wires first! )

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I removed my air box and opened the hole on top of the bell housing... but i didnt see any teeth there or anyting else that a screwdriver could lock into to hold it. i guess i saw the torque converter rather than the flywheel? i dont really understand all i know about auto transmissions.

dont want to spend 50 on the subie tool.. and dont want to mar my pulley with a chain wrench. what did i miss in that rabbit hole on the bell housing?

I'm trying to torque the bolt. I used the starter bump method to remove and it worked like a charm. (note: remove the spark plug wires first! )
Try the starter crank method. I have success
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Old 03-23-2017, 12:37 AM   #23
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Try the starter crank method. I have success
He is trying to torque it, starter loosens it.
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I removed my air box and opened the hole on top of the bell housing... but i didnt see any teeth there or anyting else that a screwdriver could lock into to hold it. i guess i saw the torque converter rather than the flywheel? i dont really understand all i know about auto transmissions.

dont want to spend 50 on the subie tool.. and dont want to mar my pulley with a chain wrench. what did i miss in that rabbit hole on the bell housing?

I'm trying to torque the bolt. I used the starter bump method to remove and it worked like a charm. (note: remove the spark plug wires first! )
That top hole should allow you to get to the ring gear for the starter.
Do you have a AT or MT?
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