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Well, I got that pesky bolt off. My impact wrench did work, I just had to soak the bolt in penetraitng fluid for awile. I also pour a bit of Coca cola on it, that seemed to help.

Now for the bad news....the timing cover was stubborn to get off. In the process of prying off the timing cover, some how I missed a bolt and ended up breaking the timing cover where the bold was. So the timing cover is shot. But the harmonic balancer and crank pulley are good, so not a total loss. I was also able to get the water pump pulley, the distributor, distributor bracket and the oil filter mount, so I just need to replace the timing cover.

Oh well, I guess every now and then, you have to break something to learn how to do something. I at least now know how to take off a harmonic balancer and what to look for regarding bolts on a timing cover.

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Im Surpirised You Took It Off With That Small Gun. Impact Guns Now Range From 600ftlbs To 1,000ftlbs Of Torque. Usually A Good Impact Does The Trick And You Dont Have To Fuss Around With Coca Cola. Pepsi Or Dr Peppers.

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Your problem was your impact was underpowered. I learned the hard way when installing my Steeda UDPs that a 250 ft/lb impact gun isn't sufficient.

Go to Harbor Freight and pick up an "earthquake" impact gun.

625 ft/lbs of torque baby! I bought one. One blast of that bad boy and I had my harmonic balancer bolt off the car!

The beauty of it is that it only uses 4.5cfm at 90 psi, that's within the range of most air compressors. It rocks!

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Glad it worked out for you!

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