DIY Harmonic Balancer Removal in a Chrysler Sebring


The Sebring was a series of mid-size cars that Chrysler produced from 1995 through 2010. The crankshaft in this vehicle has a harmonic balancer, like most modern combustion engines. The harmonic balancer is essentially a counterweight that reduces the vibrations that occur when the crankshaft rotates at high speed. The procedure for removing the harmonic balancer in a Chrysler Sebring requires you to lift the engine to access it.

Things You'll Need

  • Socket wrench set
  • Floor jack
  • Screw jack
  • Wooden block
  • Lug wrench
  • Jack stands (2)
  • Special tool #8454
  • Insert #6827-A
  • Remove the cable from the negative battery terminal with a socket wrench so you don't inadvertently start the engine during the removal process.

  • Place a wooden block on a floor jack to serve as a cushion. Position the floor jack under the oil pan and raise the jack to support the engine.

  • Disconnect the three vertical mount bolts on the right side of the engine with a socket wrench. Lower the floor jack and reposition it so you can raise the entire vehicle while getting access to the oil pan. Raise the vehicle with the floor jack and support it on jack stands.

  • Unscrew the lug nuts from the right front wheel with a lug wrench then pull off the wheel. Remove the splash shield for the drive belt with a socket wrench.

  • Place a wooden block on a screw jack, and position the screw jack under the oil pan. Support the engine with the screw jack and disconnect the front and rear through-bolts for the engine mount with a socket wrench.

  • Lower the engine with the screw jack and detach the accessory drive belts from their pulleys. Disconnect the mounting bolt for the harmonic balancer with a socket wrench.

  • Connect special tool #8454 to the harmonic balancer and attach insert #6827-A to the special tool. Pull the balancer from the crankshaft.

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