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Date registered: Mar 2013
Vehicle: 2015 ML250 Bluetec, 59K miles; 1987 560SL, 121K miles
Location: Fairmont, Minnesota, USA
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Uh, removing the harmonic balancer does not require removing the crank flange bolt. Good thing, too, since that one's a bastard to get off and on (300+ foot-pounds of torque!). The harmonic balancer is attached to the crank flange with either 6 or 8 bolts (I'm too lazy to look it up), and those you can get on and off easily enough. The hardest part on mine was getting the balancer in the right position to have all the bolt holes line up, even the one that's offset.
"Engineered like no other car in the world." That's both a bug and a feature.