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Old 09-12-2018, 07:46 AM   #1
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Default How to check if engine turns over

I'm going to go look at a Saturn tonight or tomorrow night. The seller says it's a no crank, no start. I want to make sure the engine turns over.

1. Do I need to remove the accessory belt?
2. I turn it at the harmonic balancer, right?
3. What size socket do I need?
4. Which way do I turn it?
5. Should a ratchet be enough to turn it, or should I take my 2 foot breaker bar?

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Default Re: How to check if engine turns over

#s 4&5, use breaker bar and extension and you have to take off the wheel and splash shields. Take a set of large sockets as that pulley bolt can be different sizes. Turn CLOCKWISE ONLY.

If it is a manual turns put in 5th gear and just push it forward. If it moves the engine turned over. DO NOT PUT THE KEY IN THE ON POSITION AS IT MAY ACTUALLY START! Just put key in OFF position.

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Old 09-12-2018, 11:04 AM   #3
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Default Re: How to check if engine turns over

Pulley bolt head will vary as mentioned, but mine was 21mm

Never tried it for pushing the car, but I imagine pulling the plugs will make it easier to push.

Definitely easier to turn with plugs out, if using a breaker bar at the crankshaft pulley

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