So, I was replacing my girlfriend's 1996 Camry's front brakes and as I was testing the car out, I heard a wonderful noise coming from the drive belt assembly. I thought it might be a belt problem but after inspection, it appears to be the harmonic balancer wobbling really bad. I looked and it appears that the mechanics that put the drive belt on made it EXTREMELY tight and perhaps it was putting too much stress on the pulley.
So, I'm trying to remove it to inspect but the pulley bolt is being extremely stubborn. I took an impact wrench to it with ~700lbs of torque and nothing. I sprayed some WD-40 around the bolt head overnight and tried again with the impact and still nothing. This sucker has probably put a lot of stress on the bolt, I think.
Pretty afraid of the "start bump" method. I have a Haynes repair manual and it says you can remove the flywheel/driveplate cover and jam a screwdriver into the ring gear teeth or converter bolt to hold the crankshaft in place and use a breaker bar. Anyone use this method with success?
Would love some suggestions on how people got this damn bolt off. It's pretty frustrating.
Also, once it's off and I take a look at the pulley, what's the best procedure to get it back on? I'm assuming you have to apply 80lbs of torque on the bolt. So, an impact would be overkill. Would putting the screwdriver into the ring gear teeth/converter bolt be an appropriate way for installation as well?