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Can't remove crankshaft pulley

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2001 Deville Base

Per Chilton's instructions, I loosened the three back subframe bolts, removed the three front subframe bolts, and used a jack to lower the front part of the subframe.
The pulley did go down a little bit with the frame, but it seems that the frame went way down while the pulley went down just a little bit.

I don't know what's in the way of the pulley going further down so that I can install a pulley removal tool. Right now the pulley's not down enough.

The picture shows a mount next to the pulley. Is this mount preventing the pulley from going lower? If so, how do I remove it? Do I also need to remove more mounts?

Also, since I'm replacing the pulley with a new one, can I just heat the bore area and pry it off?

Mary Lamb


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I have an assortment of hardwood dowels for just this problem, and a small stubby ballpeen.
don't let it get cocked more than 1/16" or so before straightening it up. Slow and easy, don't go deeper than the original.
And be sure that snout is polished to perfection!

If any doubt, go get another seal, or it will have to be done again. This is no place to 'hope' or get 'lucky'.

I don't need to tell you how I know this. A couple times in a lifetime is more than enough.:mad2:
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