How to remove crankshaft pulley bolt

Asked by Dec 31, 2015 at 01:56 AM about the 2001 Lexus ES 300 FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I tried impact gun and every other trick out there
except jamming a hold back under control arm&
turning starter over which am saving that as a last
resort!! And am not in a hurry. Then my dad said
something interesting,are u turning bolt the right
way,& it dawns on me,is it a right or left hand
thread,anyone know

2 Answers


If you go to autozone there should be a wrench called a chain wrench that will help ALOT keeping that pulley stiff so it won't move when you go to unbolt the pulley just put that over the pulley and in the middle should be a bolt use the right size bolt and a breaker bar (long metal pole over the back of your ratchet) and right tighty lefty Lucy hope I came to some kind of help! :)

I am having the worst time ever! My lexus rx300 2000 3.0 bolt is truly the worst. Ive heated the bolt but not too cherry point just heated with plumbers torch. Then the starter bump method and still nothing. Tried braker bar extention 5.0 ft and nothing. Heres the bad part, i bought a 30 gal 150psi compressor and a new 1000 ft lbs impact 3/8 line through out and broke two 22mm sockets so i got a impact socket set still nothing. Went through 2 cans of PB blaster a can of 40 year garentee and nothing hapened. Made my own tool that bolts onto the pulley to keep the pulley locked tight in the sgape of a long arm V outvof 1/4 x 2.0 steel. This is the worst engineering i have ever come acrossed and why does it need factory tighten 180 to 210 ft. Lbs. When the pulley turns opposite its self tightens. This could change my whole out look on Lexus and Honda and Toyota. I heard using a torque multiplyer if you can find one under 300.0 and fits your car. What can i do to bust this dam bolt loose before it strips out. Please help its been two weeks now.

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