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Hey guys, I'm trying to replace a bad harmonic balancer on my 92' Tempo GL 4cyl 2.3l and I'm running into some problems. Where the HB is right now, there is no possible way to reach inside and remove it because there is about 3/4" space between it and the frame, so I have to move the engine (I assume).

Anyway, so I lowered the sway bar and took out the right engine mount, and lowered the engine as far as I could. Problem is, the HB only comes about an inch below the frame (fig. A) and I still cannot reach it. The mounting bracket on the engine itself can only go so low before it starts resting on the frame (fig. b), and I can't find a way to take it completely off.

Anyone have an idea how to replace the HB w/o having to totally lift the engine out or cutting a hole in the body on the side of the tire well?

PS: Because of post limit rules I can not post pictures, which is pretty unfortunate because I can not explain this very well...

PPS: Also it appears I posted this in the wrong forum. Sorry about that..
 

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I dont ever remember pulling the motor to change the balancer.I believe you have to rmove the bolt(of course)drop the motor like you did then get a pry bar to gain required clearance.
 

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Yes, I removed the engine mount bolt to lower it, but the mounting bracket on the engine case side was being held up by the bottom half of the mount. So, after taking off the mount entirely, the engine side bracket is now resting on the frame and can not go any lower. All I need to do is take the bracket off of the engine case (I think), but I can not figure it out.
 

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The crank shaft doent stick out past the timing cover so you might not nedd as much room as you think.
 

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Ok, 6th post so here are some pictures. In Fig A you'll see how low i can get the engine to go before the mounting bracket starts resting against the frame. The HB only pops out about an inch, with about 1/2" space between it and the frame. As it stands now getting in there to remove it is still impossible, I need it lowered another 2-3 inches.

In Fig B you'll see where there mounting bracket on the engine case is resting against the frame (and thanks for the help!).

Fig A:
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Fig B:
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The hb will never stick all the way out the bottom.I am impyling with a big pry bar pry the engine toward the passenger side,there will be enough room to remove the pulley from the crank and drop it straight down passed the metal frame piece.
I went and talked it over with another tech here and he confirmed he never pulled the motor either.
 

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Glad you made it over here....welcome.

I agree with phantom, you don't need much between the frame and damper to get it off the crankshaft snout.
Lower the engine cradle and/or pry the engine away from the frame.
Loosen the cradle bolts on the driver side, remove the bolts on the passenger side, lower it with a floor jack.
 

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1992 Tempo/TopazRemoval

  1. Open hood.

  1. Disconnect battery ground cable.

  1. Remove drive belt.

  1. Remove fuel line shield.

  1. Install Rotunda Engine Support Bar 014-00750 or equivalent.


  1. Remove belt tensioner.

  1. Remove engine mount.

  1. Remove idler pulley.

  1. Remove idler pulley bracket.

  1. Raise vehicle.

  1. Remove retaining bolts-to-stabilizer bar bracket.

  1. Lower vehicle.

  1. Lower engine assembly.

  1. Raise vehicle to a height where damper can be removed easily.

  1. Remove damper bolt.

  1. Remove damper, if necessary use Bearing Puller T77F-4220-B or equivalent.

Installation

  1. Install damper.

  1. Install damper bolt.

  1. Lower vehicle.

  1. Raise engine assembly.

  1. Raise vehicle.

  1. Install retaining bolts-to-stabilizer bar brackets.

  1. Lower vehicle.

  1. Install idler pulley bracket.

  1. Install idler pulley.

  1. Install engine mounts.

  1. Install belt tensioner.

  1. Remove engine support bar.

  1. Install fuel line shield.

  1. Install drive belt.

  1. Connect battery ground cable.
They dont make it very clear,sounds like it should just jump off but you can do it.This is straight from the ford manual
 

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Thank you Phantom, that was exactly what I was looking for! I'm not very versed in this stuff, and my repair manual didn't give instructions on this (or maybe I was looking for the wrong thing). I will try this now and will let you know how it went.
 

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Ok cool,Its hard to figure out what someone wants on here sometimes,good luck.
 
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1994 Ford Tempo GL 2.3L Harmonic Balancer Removal and Replacement


Removal

1. Disconnect the battery ground cable at the battery terminal.
2. Disconnect the battery ground strap from the starboard side of the engine near the passenger side strut tower by removing the bottom bolt of the fuel line shield.
3. Release tension on the belt tensioner and remove the drive belt.
4. Remove the fuel line shield. {If you don’t, it will prevent the engine from dropping down far enough later when you try to lower the engine to remove and reinstall the harmonic balancer. It is also nice to have this out before trying to remove the water pump pulley.}
5. Remove the belt tensioner. {It will be in the way when attempting to remove the engine side of the starboard engine mount.}
6. Mark front side of the water pump pulley and then remove the water pump pulley.
7. Check the bearings and free play of the water pump, idler pulley, and belt tensioner pulley. If any of these is worn, replace it now. You have already done the labor!
8. Raise and support the vehicle.
9. Remove bolt for accumulator-to-compressor A/C line support bracket, then position A/C line toward rear of engine compartment.
10. Install a Rotunda Engine Support Bar 014-00750 or equivalent;
Or position a bottle jack or equivalent and safety stands under the transmission and engine, use blocks of wood to protect the oil and transmission pans.
11. Remove both sides of the starboard engine mount. {Remove the second half of the mount on the engine side as well as the half on the wheel well. This means getting to the upside down 18mm nut at the firewall end of the engine mount. I have had success getting to this from underneath the car with a long extension.}
12. Remove right (starboard) side bushing bracket and mounting bracket for stabilizer.
13. Remove the vibration harmonic balancer bolt:
a. Option A) Remove the 7/8” vibration harmonic balancer bolt through the opening in the wheel well after removing the passenger side {starboard} front tire. Then lower the engine assembly taking care not to crush the fuel fittings that were protected by the fuel line shield.
b. Option B) Carefully Lower the engine assembly and then remove the 7/8” vibration harmonic balancer bolt from under the car. IF, and ONLY IF, you do not have adequate clearance under the car to remove the old or install the new vibration harmonic balancer, perform these additional steps:
i. Remove front isolator through-bolts and lower retaining nuts.
ii. Remove rear isolator through-bolts.
iii. Remove right isolator lower retaining nut, then carefully lower drivetrain.
14. Remove the vibration harmonic balancer. If necessary, use Bearing Puller T77F-4220-B or equivalent. Your vibration harmonic balancer may come off in up to three pieces, the outer sheet metal, the pulley portion including the long ago deteriorated rubber, and the metal sleeve with the key slot that slips over the end of the crankshaft. Fortunately, my metal sleeve came off with a little gentle prying; yours may require a gear puller.
1994 Ford Tempo GL 2.3L Harmonic Balancer Removal and Replacement


Installation is NOT just the reverse of the Removal procedure!
1. Install the NEW vibration harmonic balancer {Removal #14}. IF, and ONLY IF, you do not have adequate clearance under the car to remove the old or install the new vibration harmonic balancer, perform these additional steps:
i. Remove front isolator through-bolts and lower retaining nuts.
ii. Remove rear isolator through-bolts.
iii. Remove right isolator lower retaining nut, then carefully lower drivetrain.
  1. Install the NEW vibration harmonic balancer bolt {Stretch design for one time use}. Torque to ______ nm or _______ ft. lbs. {Removal #13.}
  2. Raise the engine assembly {Removal #13}.
  3. Replace any optional nuts & bolts you may have removed under 1.i, 1.ii, and 1.iii above.
  4. Install the water pump pulley {Removal #6}. {Check the orientation. Is the front you marked pointed away from the engine? Due to the offset, if you put it on backwards it will shred your new drive belt.}
  5. Install the belt tensioner {Removal #5}.
  6. Release tension on the belt tensioner and install the NEW drive belt {Removal #3}.
  7. Reposition the A/C line and reinstall the bolt for the accumulator-to-compressor A/C line support bracket {Removal #9}.
  8. Install the engine side of the motor mount {1/2 of Removal #11}.
  9. Install the mounting bracket for the stabilizer bar {Removal #12}.
  10. Install the retaining bolts-to-stabilizer bar brackets {Removal #12}.
  11. Remove supports and lower vehicle {Removal #8}.
  12. Install engine mount on wheel well {1/2 of Removal #11}.
  13. Remove Rotunda Engine Support Bar 014-00750 or equivalent {Removal #10}.
  14. Install fuel line shield. {Bottom bolt secures the battery ground strap. Removal #’s 2 & 4.}
  15. Connect the battery ground cable {Removal #1}.
 
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