Hi, how many miles are on this van?
How exactly does the balancer break? Does it make a noise?
What brand Balancer are you replacing with? Is it from the factory/dealer?
Just to clarify, how many times have you replaced the balancer? And did it come apart in two pieces the first time? Thanks,
There are some issues which can cause the Harmonic Balancer to fail in the manner you've described, but they include internal faults in the engine or transmission which can become costly to repair. From your description of the problem, I believe you've received a couple of faulty/inferrior Harmonic Balancers. Often aftermarket parts can do this, or it is not being improperly installed and thus causing premature failure. Your going to need to purchase a factory Balancer first, and have it installed by a quality facility, the crankshaft has to be inspected as well, for any damage from the removal and installation of the original balancer. If the factory unit has the same results, we can assume the problem lies internal to the engine or transmission, but these are rare occurances, and your descriotion of the events more likley entails infferior parts or incorrect installation. Let me know your outcome.
The Balancer at the dealer is $110.12. It is a special order item at most dealers, so it will take a day or two to get. Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX accept, and I have a good feeling this should cure your problem. It's very rare to have a Balancer fall apart under other conditions related to the engine or transmission.