Tool for turning crank?

Peter Schulz peschulz at
Wed Jul 23 11:03:01 EDT 2003

At 03:15 PM 7/19/2003 -0700, Steve Scalmanini wrote:
>What does anyone use to hand turn the crank a few degrees
>at a time?
>I can't get the head of a ratchet or breaker bar onto a
>socket on the crank bolt becaust there is too little space
>between the end of the socket and the aux. radiator.  An
>offset box-end wrench would be perfect but I can't find
>one that large (27mm; 1 1/16").
>What do you use?
>Ukiah, CA
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Steve :

Did this exact thing two weeks ago without removing the bumper or anything.,
Used a standard 1/2 inch drive wrench and a standard 27mm socket.

Won't fit beteen the crank pulley and the auxiliary radiator you say?

Change your paradigm - come in from below AND above.
Attach the socket to the drive.

Hold it sideways and from underneath the front of the car - reach upward to the front snub mount
(above and behind the auxiliary radiator)
Now turn the socket wrench so that the socket reaches the crank bolt, let the handle drop down and start turning.

When you are done turning the engine (clock wise) do the same to remove it.


Peter Schulz
1990 CQ (awaiting S2 3b engine transplant)
1991 200 20v TQW indigo mica
1991 200 20v TQW titanium grey
Chelmsford, MA USA
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