Originally Posted by LeGiT_Flat4
Guys, a little help needed here. Despite the controversy there seems to be, I went ahead and picked up a lightweight crank pulley (thanks Eric) and I went to install it today but I'm not able to get the pulley center bolt loose. Everything I've read states if you put it in 5th gear and tighten up the e-brake, the engine should not turn. But mine is still turning and that seems to make it impossible to get enough torque on the bolt to pop it loose. The engine does become harder and harder to turn the farther I pull but the fact that it is still turning makes me wonder if I have something unexpected going on. Is that normal? I feel like I could get the bolt loose if it wasn't for the engine turning. Maybe I should have just had Eric put it on for me. Anyway, anybody have any thoughts/advice...other than "leave the OE pulley on"
Even with the transmission in 5th gear you will still be able to turn the motor counter clockwise. (I would recommend avoiding spinning the motor counter clockwise when you can, with a stock motor you should be fine, but if you ran larger valves they could potentially make contact with each other if rotated counter clockwise.) Using a crank shaft pulley wrench or the GrimmSpeed pulley installation tool you can hold the pulley in place while you break the bolt loose. If you don't have that tool, you can try hitting the breaker bar with sudden force, like a rubber mallet, and it will help to have someone pressing on the brake. Tightening the new pulley to spec will also be fun as the motor will more easily want to rotate clockwise.