ParkAvenue 1997-1999

Crankshaft Damper (Balancer)

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Removal & Installation



On some vehicles, the crankshaft damper is also referred to as the crankshaft balancer or crankshaft pulley.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. On 1986-90 vehicles, remove the serpentine belt.
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  5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
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  7. Right front tire and wheel assembly.
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  9. Remove the right front engine splash shield.
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  11. Remove the flywheel or torque converter cover.
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  13. Use a suitable holding tool, as shown in the accompanying figure, on the flywheel to keep engine from rotating, then remove the bolt and washer from the damper.
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Fig. You must use the proper tool to hold the flywheel in place, in order to remove the damper bolt

  1. For 1986-90 vehicles, remove the balancer and the key.
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  3. For 1991-99 vehicles, use a suitable crankshaft puller to remove the damper from the front of the engine. On 1993-99 vehicles, use 1 / 4 inch bolts to attach the puller to the damper, then screw in 1 / 4 in.
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The balancer is serviced as an assembly. The pulley cannot be removed from the balancer.



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Fig. Exploded view of the crankshaft pulley (damper) and related components - 1991 vehicle shown



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Fig. The crankshaft balancer and pulley are serviced as an assembly and cannot be separated

To install:

  1. Install the key and balancer.
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  3. Install the bolt and washer, and while holding the flywheel stationary with the holding tool, tighten the bolt to the following specifications:
    1. For 1986-90 3.0L and 3.8L (VIN 3, B and C) engines: 220 ft. lbs. (297 Nm)
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    3. For 1991 3.8L (VIN C) engines: 98-112 ft .lbs. (130-11 Nm), plus an additional 52-60° rotation.
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    5. For 3.8L (VIN L, 1 and K) engines: 110 ft. lbs. (11 Nm), plus an additional 76° rotation.
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  5. Install the flywheel or torque converter cover.
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  7. Install the engine splash shield.
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  9. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  11. Carefully lower the vehicle.
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  13. If removed, install the serpentine belt.
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  15. Connect the negative battery cable.
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