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Crank Pulley - 1275

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sdurrett Steve D
Billings, MT, USA   USA
I can't figure out how to loosen the crank pulley on my 1275 now that it is out of the car and on a stand. Probably a simple solution but I can't seem to come up with a way to stop the crank from turning while I'm trying to loosen the nut. If I take the clutch off first, is there something to put a wrench on under there?

Thanks for your help.

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refisk Rick Fisk
Frankenmuth, MI, USA   USA
An impact wrench will get it loose.

Jim Gruber Avatar
Dayton, OH, USA   USA
And if you don’t have a compressor and impact wrench that Electric Impact Wrench that you can find on sale for $39.95 will usually work. And if still issues a rope fed carefully into a spark plug hole, both valves need to be closed or you can bend one, will anchor everything so you can get the big but off.

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Perdido Gold Member Rut Rutledge
Tuscaloosa, AL, USA   USA
I like to use a flywheel lock bolted into the back plate engaging the ring gear.

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hpmowog Karl Keiger
Remove the clutch and flywheel. Then thread two of the flywheel bolts back into the crank flange. Use a pry bar or large screwdriver between the two bolts to prevent the crank from rotating as you loosen the crank pulley.

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garm Gold Member Garm Beall
Chatsworth, CA, USA   USA
I've had trouble with impact tools when the compressor wasn't strong enough. I think that crank pulley nut/bolt can be one of the hardest on the car to get off.

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kevrew Kevin Williamson
Phoenix, AZ, USA   USA
I tried an impact on my 1098 and it didn't have enough oomph to break it loose, so I took a piece of 1/8 x 1 inch flat bar and drilled it to bolt to 2 of the opposing holes on the rear crank flange. I cut it long enough to rest against one of the engine stand mounting bolts and using a breaker bar, broke the bolt loose. You can see the flat bar mounted to the rear flange, if you look close enough. Good luck!

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sdurrett Steve D
Billings, MT, USA   USA
Thanks for all the suggestions. Lots of knowledge on this site. I especially liked the rope trick, but since I already have the head off, I couldn't use it. And I don't have an impact socket that large, so I didn't try that either.

I ended up using a variation of the bar idea. After removing the clutch, I bolted a piece of 3/4" angle that I had around the shop onto the flywheel and braced it against the floor. Worked like a charm. It also came in handy when loosening the flywheel bolts, and the camshaft sprocket.

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