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Old 08-24-2007, 04:56 PM   #1
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Default Removing Crank bolt w/Engine outta car

I'm doing a timing belt job on my 1.6 before putting it in the car. Can't get the crank bolt off because I can't figure a way to keep the crank from turning. Any suggestions?
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m.net garage section has an idea or 2. Here's a pic of one.

http://www.miata.net/garage/images/crankshaft_tool.jpg
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put one of the bell housing bolts back in and use a prybar between the bolt and the flywheel teeth.
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I'm doing a timing belt job on my 1.6 before putting it in the car. Can't get the crank bolt off because I can't figure a way to keep the crank from turning. Any suggestions?
Rope trick. Turn crank until one cylinder is at the bottom of the stroke. Feed a piece of clothesline into the spark plug hole and turn it in the direction you want until the rope jams and locks the crank. Then, have at the bolt.
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Thanks for the advice guys. I did it the arkmage way, and came right off!
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Thanks for the advice guys. I did it the arkmage way, and came right off!
Also works well for torquing the flywheel bolts
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I just stick a screwdriver through one of the holes on the flywheel into a crevice on the block. That holds everything in place.
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