2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Another Harmonic Balancer Bad in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; just keep your eye on it, and your ear out for it. if it gets worse, swap it out. if ...
just keep your eye on it, and your ear out for it. if it gets worse, swap it out. if for any reason you take off the radiator, take the chance to swap it out along with the water pump if you're anything over 60-70K miles.
I cant believe how smoothly this process went. It took 4.5 hrs and thats with pee breaks and snacking. Those tools listed above are no joke and made the install SUPER easy. Highly recommend.
And yes my squeak is gone! I knew it was that crap balancer making the belt slip. I have some random pics from the install I will share. My balancer rubber was caving inward and slightly cracked...cosmetically didn't look too bad till you examine it.
Oh and for the record the balancer I took off was the old part number one.
What in the install takes the majority of the time?
It all depends on you and your level of experience. I'm assuming you're just replacing with the stock balancer (The ATI has multiple pieces that have to fit together than can be a puzzle).
If you're like most people who've been wrenching on the V, you've had the radiator out a couple of times already. First time I took out the rad, it took me two hours, but now I have it down to 40 minutes (including removing wind deflector and carefully draining coolant). Re-install is also about to 20 minutes plus another 20 to add back coolant and burp system. If you have the right tools, and know what you're doing, popping off the crank bolt should only take about 15 minutes, maybe 20 minutes to pull off the old pulley, 30 minutes to slide on the new balancer, 15 minutes to crank the new bolt down. Add 15 minutes for replacing AC belt and serpentine belt. If you're relatively new to wrenching, double the time. If you don't have the right tools, take your time and multiply the pulley removal and install times by 10 to infinity.