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balancer coming loose

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#1 buildingturbo


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Posted 11 May 2004 - 06:54 PM

2.5 GT Legacy 1997, the balancer keeps coming loose. Bolt keeps coming loose. Tried lock tight didn't work. Any sugestions?

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 04:23 PM

Mine kept coming loose too, but loc-tite worked for me (the high strenght type--red in color I think- let sit 24 hrs). How tight are you tightening the bolt? (in ft lbs).

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 06:14 PM

replace if any wear is visable at all. Then use red locktite, the mechanic's friend and tighten the sucker to the specs these folks reccomend.

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 07:46 PM

What's a balancer?

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 09:48 PM

The rubber part of out balancer failed on our 98 GT. The pully, while still intact moved back and ate the cam covers and A/C belt.

I will post a picture sometime.

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Posted 12 May 2004 - 09:57 PM

What's a balancer?

In this case, the crankshaft pulley. Also known as a harmonic balancer, it cancels out torsional vibrations from the crankshaft. For some reason, they like to come loose on these engines.

Check all parts for wear. I'd replace the bolt, use red loctite (or 671? Dark Green, sleeve retaining) and torque to 100ft/lbs. The spec is something like 90ft/lbs. Some of us have been creeping that torque spec up because of this problem.

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Posted 17 May 2004 - 10:19 PM

GET ON THAT PROBLEM!!! I also had the 2.8 w/ the balancer blowing apart on the wife's car on the highway--New covers, timing belt, tensioner pulley, and of course the balancer. (Over $700 in damages) The thing also left a big gash on the block. I called Subaru--the car had about 80K miles at the time. They didn't wan't to hear about it, as pathetic as the problem was on their part.

Then get rid of the thing. I just did the oil pan, and paid $15 for a little rubber grommet, and the mechanics want almost $200 to tune the thing, and it has no cap and rotor!! (STILL haven't found the leak!) Then there are all the faulty codes...So I work on it. And work on it. And work on it. I can't wait for it to die. The wife loves it, (she dosn't have to work on it) but she's on her own if she want's another one. Knowing what it costs to have a garage work on it has conviced her not to get another one of those things. I own a Ford truck, and thought it was a piece of junk until I started dealing with Subarus. Don't know what y'all see in them. Might as well have an american car with all the problems Subaru has.

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