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Old 10-26-2015, 01:47 PM   #21
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Default Re: 2004 Sprinter crank bolt snapped while on 101 fwy.

Changed my balancer yesterday. Did it on jack stands without removing fan, or shroud.



Used the KTC Locking tool



It worked just as advertised. big money savings.



Old broken Balancer and the 3 jaw puller from Harbor freight I used to remove it.



New balancer in place.

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Wife just forwarded me this picture. Can you say a little Dirty? I should have degreased her before doing this project, but my driveway storm drain runs into a local lake.

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Old 10-26-2015, 05:48 PM   #23
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Just so you feel happy, I pad $2700 for a dealer to replace mine.
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Just so you feel happy, I pad $2700 for a dealer to replace mine.
Sorry to hear that, (but not really ).

With the parts, freight and tools, I think I was less than $500. Plus 1/2 of a day of my own labor. Now even if I billed myself at my regular hourly rate its still less than the $2700 your dealer charged. So I am glad I did it. Now that I have done it once, it will be a lot easier should I ever have to do it again.
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Old 10-28-2015, 11:01 PM   #25
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Since I am in Florida do you want to do mine before it breaks? :)
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Since I am in Florida do you want to do mine before it breaks? :)
Where are you located TurboJohn? I might be willing to loan you the flywheel lock tool, and 27mm impact Socket.
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Where are you located TurboJohn? I might be willing to loan you the flywheel lock tool, and 27mm impact Socket.
I am in Vero.........I am thinking about changing my HB for the hell of it...I have about 80k on my Sprinter...I am going to keep this van until I die I know......so I am replacing things I know will need it anyway like the driveshaft HB/Ac compressor/alternator/Starterl etc
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I am in Vero.........I am thinking about changing my HB for the hell of it...I have about 80k on my Sprinter...I am going to keep this van until I die I know......so I am replacing things I know will need it anyway like the driveshaft HB/Ac compressor/alternator/Starterl etc
Not that you asked...

"If it doesn't f*ck with you, don't f*ck with it."

My 2004 at 291,000 miles has the OEM driveshaft, HB, A/C compressor, turbo resonator, starter...
(knocking/touching wood furiously as I type this. ) Ciprian has most all OEM drive train parts at over 715,000 highway miles.

That said, maybe the heat of Florida is a factor for the HB. Another factor is having the HB with extra belt for the rear A/C. Those units seem to be more prone to failure.

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I am in Vero.........I am thinking about changing my HB for the hell of it...I have about 80k on my Sprinter...I am going to keep this van until I die I know......so I am replacing things I know will need it anyway like the driveshaft HB/Ac compressor/alternator/Starterl etc
Turbo John,

That is like no mileage. I agree with Aqua Putana.
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"If it doesn't f*ck with you, don't f*ck with it."
Don't do it until you need to. Mine had ≈ 250,000 miles on it when it failed.

Just keep it clean and waxed, and regularly remove any leaf debris from under the hood. This will help delay the steel cancer. I wish these things would fit in an automated car wash.

My next project is a little cancer surgery by the battery box, and the right side rear door bottom. Just bubbles for now, but I don't want them turning into gaping holes.
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I keep thinking about touring the USa with my son next summer......I cannot afford to break down on the highway that's for sure. A year ago or so I would not even think of it but since the starting issues are over I have the confidence to take this trip.
The think that haunts me is not the mileage because I have only 80k on my truck but its the age?.......Age does not fit all issues but some it does...........which ones I dunno!
I have changed the cosmetic part of the truck which I never liked and now the mechanical is in good shape except for some rusty brake lines which I do not like the look of....I will have to replace those for sure.....but for some things I am not sure of.........but I know Vic will come and get me if we have a problem! :)
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