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Old 05-28-2007, 07:42 PM
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Crankshaft Damper ("balancer")

I noticed that the damper on my 383 SBC stroker motor was starting to get a slight wobble so I am replacing it before it gets worse or causes damage. When removing the crank bolt I will be using an impact and I want to know, is this bolt is not reverse threaded is it? Aslo I imagine I will I have to drain the oil before I start, but will I have to replace the front timing cover seal as well? This is a two piece timing cover if that matters...

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Old 05-28-2007, 07:59 PM
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The bolt is standard right hand thread. You don't need to drain the oil it won't be nearly as high as the seal. As far as replacing the seal it's tough to say without seeing it. It would be tough to change without removing the cover. Removing the cover means removing the water pump as well. (gaskets). If the seal doesn't leak now and it looks pretty flexible and is pretty recent I might consider leaving it. Your call there.
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I just replaced a seal this week without removing the cover, but I had the radiator out so lots of room to work.
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