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    2002 4Runner Timing Belt

    Aight, it's time to start thinking about the next project. I found a package deal with all the pulleys, belts, water pump, and thermostat for less than $300. I guess I'll order the kit, plus a new crank bolt (everyone says replace that too). I'm going to start on a Friday evening and hope to have it blowing smoke by Saturday afternoon. Downloading the procedure now.

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    I don't know about Toyotas, but on Hondas, the crank bolt was installed at the factory by an ex-Sumo Wrestler. If his buddy installed yours, you'll want a large-capacity impact wrench.

    Or.. depending on the thread direction and clearance under the motor, you can use a high-quality breaker bar + cheater, and use the starter to bump it loose.

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    I've been reading a bunch of DIYers write-ups and they all say that bolt is a bitch. I am going to look for a tool to hold the crank pulley. I read one write-up the guy said he ended up having to heat the bolt.

    Not looking forward to messing with that bolt!

    I know it will have to be torqued back on to like 250lbs!

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    There are people who have bought their tool sets at Harbor Freight, and the bolt defeated their tools (broke them, big time). So make sure you have at least Craftsman quality, or better.

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    I think the getting it off will be okay. Going to remove the radiator for more room to slap an impact on that unit. Just thinking about getting the tool to hold it steady while I torque it back down to gorilla tight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dom View Post
    I think the getting it off will be okay. Going to remove the radiator for more room to slap an impact on that unit. Just thinking about getting the tool to hold it steady while I torque it back down to gorilla tight.


    Usually, a good 1/2 inch drive or bigger impact wrench will pop that puppy off quick. I did have a '54 Dodge that was extraordinarily stubborn once. I had to drop the oil pan anyway so I slipped a 2X4 up into the crankshaft to keep it from turning. Make sure you use soft wood and not metal.
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