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My '99 Beetle threw its harmonic balancer down route 17 this week. Two bolts are broken in the crankshaft gear. Shall I try to extract or replace the gear?
 

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extracting them if you can is going to be best, It takes a big tool bolted to the crank pulley to keep the crank from turning when you break the crank bolt loose.
The tool uses the 4 harmaonic balancer holes to secure itself to the crank pulley. The crank bolt is torqued to alot( I can't remember what it is but it's a bunch.
 

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extracting them if you can is going to be best, It takes a big tool bolted to the crank pulley to keep the crank from turning when you break the crank bolt loose.
The tool uses the 4 harmaonic balancer holes to secure itself to the crank pulley. The crank bolt is torqued to alot( I can't remember what it is but it's a bunch.
I have removed them to do crank seals with an impact gun. You need a 12 point socket and a 1/2" impact gun.


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So.... who bolted the crank gear pulley on last?[/QUOTE]

Bought the car from VW Service by Ron in Daytona Beach, Florida. They have a sticker on the door stating the timing belt and water pump were replaced just prior to sale (July, 2012). So, they were the last ones in there.
 

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Gkad you got the pieces out.

You might try a dealer for the harmonic balancer bolts My dealer intown had them instock at one dollar apiece.

Sort of pricey but I did not have to wait on shipping.
 
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