Originally Posted by gearhead
I have a 93 Ford Ranger and I am trying to install the timing belt. I can not get the crank shaft hub bolt loose. I am using a 1/2" impact. If anyone has any ideas that may help me to get this loose, I would appreciate it. Thanks!
Just wondering if you ever got the crankshaft bolt loose on your ranger. I'm having the same problem. Walked through a Haynes repair manual step-by-step. It makes a big deal to tell me not to let crankshaft turn counter-clockwise and to set timing to top dead center. Best I can tell there is NO WAY, I can follow those guidelines and still get the bolt loosened.
I saw a post on another forum where a guy says he sets a breaker bar from the bolt against chassis of car (on driver's side chassis of car, then "bumps" the starter to loosen it. That may work but sounds risky to me. I can see screwing up my timing in a big way somehow if I tried that.
I don't see how this isn't a problem for 50% of the people who change out the timing belt. I really thought I'd see some good feedback from people. Please let me know if you get it resolved. By the way, I think the nut is 22mm--may make for better fit than 1/2" socket.