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How big of a deal is it to change the harmonic balancer?? How long should it take and any advice is appreciated?!
 

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It won't take long to do.Not long at all.You can access it by going under the truck and flipping up the plastic guard under the radiator support.Remove the serpentine belt and outer front crankshaft pulley.Get yourself a quality harmonic balancer puller and it'll come right off.Check your outer pulley for any problems.Those too are known to fail.
 

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Make SURE to use the correct puller/installer. Torque carefully using a quality torque wrench. Do NOT use the HB bolt to reinstall the balancer on the snout.

Not a difficult job at all as long as you do it properly and have the correct tools.
 

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I did mine last weekend. Put a Fluid Damper on. It made a huge difference. The truck runs much smoother and accelerates quicker especially above 2000 RPM. Easy job for sure. I used a quality HB install tool.
 

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What is your 'preferred' way to hold the engine from rotating when breaking the bolts loose and when tightening?
 

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I use a flywheel holding tool.
I have 2 different styles,1 with a long handle that catches ring gear teeth that hare some distance from each other and another kent moore tool that uses a ratchet and engages close together teeth.

Normally an impact gun works well for bolt removal,the tool is used for assembly.
 

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That's cool, I had the impression that this was a 10 hour plus job for those of us who aren't very experienced mechanics..
I think it took me 30 minutes the first time I did it, and that was just in my driveway with just a piece of carpet to lay on.

Not a big deal at all, really. I think the hardest part was getting it torqued up fully...damn, that bolt goes on tight. ;)
 
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