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Can a car run without a harmonic balancer?
And because the belts that go around the crankshaft pulley run all of the car’s accessories, without the harmonic balancer you’d have no air conditioning, no power steering, no alternator and no water pump. And without it, you can do damage to the crankshaft and the engine bearings.
Why would a harmonic balancer fall off?
If the rubber layer in the harmonic balancer dries or wears out, it can cause the entire harmonic balancer to completely fail by separating. If the harmonic balancer separates, the engine belts will usually come off and the vehicle will be left without engine accessories.
Can you repair a harmonic balancer?
The good news is, the harmonic balancer can easily be repaired with a kit that usually retails for under $10.
How much does it cost to fix a harmonic balancer?
Cost of Harmonic Balancer Replacement On average for most vehicles, it can cost about $200 to replace a harmonic balancer.
What sound does a bad harmonic balancer make?
A faulty balancer can result in a knocking, rattling, or squeaking sound that corresponds with engine speed. In some cases, the noise is bad enough to be mistaken for an internal engine problem.
Can oil leak from harmonic balancer?
The reason for such a nifty product to exist is after time the Neoprene timing cover seal wears a deep groove into the steel snout of the harmonic balancer. This allows oil to leak from the timing cover and if the oil leak is left neglected, road dirt and grime attracts to oil-covered areas and sticks.
What is a harmonic balancer on a Corvette?
The harmonic balance on your factory 1997-2013 LS1 & 2001-2004 Z06 LS1, 2, 3, 6 Corvette is a critical components of your engine. It attaches directly to the front of your engine on the crankshaft. It reduces torsional vibrations created by your engine as the cylinders fire.
Is there a harmonic balancer on a C6 Corvette?
One issue that seems to be relatively common in C6 Corvettes with LS engines (with more than 50,000 or so miles on them) is a “wobbly” harmonic balancer. This is the pulley at the bottom of the engine that bolts into the crankshaft.
What causes a C5 Corvette to go out of balance?
Over time, a groove can wear in the sleeve of the part where it fits inside the engine (Figure 9), causing it to go out of balance and “wobble.” In some cases, the bolt holding the balancer to the crankshaft can come loose, thereby freeing the pulley to roam the engine compartment—with unhappy consequences for nearby parts.
How much does it cost to replace harmonic balancer?
Replaced the balancer along with the bottom pulley for about $800 at the dealer. Hasn’t squealed since. I also had a squeal and replaced the belt but then the squeal came back so then I replaced the top pulley and you guessed it the squeal came back and the balancer did wobble.
Is it OK to have a little wobble in a corvette?
Yes, a little wobble is fine but most owners do not know what a little is compared to a possible train wreck. Telling them it’s fine when it may not be is not cool. My point here is not to minimize the problem unless you actually knowing what you’re talking about… Reading a bunch of Corvette forums does not certify you as a Corvette mechanic!