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This is a discussion on lt1 newb question within the LT1 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; when changing the opti on a 97 t/a are there any special tools needed to pull anything off. i was ...

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    lt1 newb question

    when changing the opti on a 97 t/a are there any special tools needed to pull anything off. i was looking in the chiltons manual and it doesnt say anything about it. But i have heard that you need some kind of puller to do it.

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    nobody has done one?

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    I don't think you need any special tools, take off whatever blocks the opti and take the bolts loose that hold the opti down and it should just pull off

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    i saw there is something in front of it, it has a belt on it. But when i try to turn the bolts it just turns, so do i just put something to make it not move?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 91RS355 View Post
    I don't think you need any special tools, take off whatever blocks the opti and take the bolts loose that hold the opti down and it should just pull off
    I believe that is the Water Pump.

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    i believe you're talking about the dampener/balancer. how much does it turn. Spray some penetrating lube on the bolts and then crank on it. it might rotate a little bit, but your engine's compression should eventually hold it into place as long as your plugs are still in. then just undo the 3 10mm bolts holding the opti to the timing cover and slip it off past the crank hub.

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    sweet guys thanks for the help

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    Well i needed a pull kit for the harmonic balencer, but other than that and the normal grunts and groans, the opti is now done WOOT.

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