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How do I remove the harmonic balancer in my 2000 Grand Prix

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How do I remove the harmonic balancer in my 2000 Grand Prix 3.8? Also, do I need to replace the ole woodruff key with the new one?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Pontiac
Expert:  BigBob replied 8 years ago.

Crankshaft Balancer Replacement

  • Tools Required
  • J 37096 Flywheel Holder
  • J 38197-A Crankshaft Balancer Remover
  • J 36660-A Electronic Torque Angle Meter
Removal Procedure graphic
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the drive belt.
  3. Raise and support the vehicle. Refer to Vehicle Lifting.
  4. Remove the right front tire and wheel.
  5. Remove the right engine splash shield retainers and the engine splash shield.
  6. Remove the torque converter cover. graphic
  7. Install the J 37096 to hold the flywheel.graphic
  8. Remove the crankshaft balancer retaining bolt.graphic
  9. Important: Do not separate the crankshaft pulley from the crankshaft balancer. Service the crankshaft pulley and the crankshaft balancer as an assembly.

  10. Install the J38197-A.
  11. Remove the crankshaft balancer.
  12. Remove the J 38197-A.
Installation Procedure graphic
  1. Coat the engine front cover seal contact area on the crankshaft balancer, and the seal surface with engine oil.
  2. Install the crankshaft balancer. Notice: Refer to Fastener Notice in Service Precautions.
  3. Install the crankshaft balancer retaining bolt. Use the J 37096 to keep the flywheel from turning.
    • Tighten the crankshaft balancer bolt to 150 Nm (111 ft. lbs.) . Use the J 36660-A in order to rotate the bolt an additional 76 degrees.
  1. Remove the J 37096.
  2. Install the torque converter cover.
As long as the woodruf key is not damaged it is ok to use the old one

Good luck,