Toyota Crankshaft Pulley Bolt

How to Remove Stubborn Toyota 20R-22R-22RE Crankshaft Pulley Bolt 1979-1995: A Guide on How to Do This Correctly

Some crankshaft pulley bolts are so stubborn that they won’t come off even if you use a wrench. There could be several reasons why you need to do this, and if the crankshaft pulley bolts are giving you a hard time, it can be very frustrating. Now, let us teach you how to remove these stubborn bolts the easy and right way.

Here are the steps that you should follow to remove your stubborn Toyota crankshaft pulley bolt in your car.

  1. Using a power steering pulley, pull the 4 12mm bolts.
  2. Insert a 5/16” extension drift and bump it against the body of the oil pump. 
  3. Apply force to support the drift, as well as the breaker bar. 
  4. Once the nut loosened up, grab your drift out of there and then unscrew your crankshaft pulley bolt.

In this post, we are going to discuss how to remove stubborn Toyota 20R – 22R – 22RE crankshaft pulley bolts from 1997 – 1995. We also have rounded up the materials that you will need and some tips that will allow you to do this task right the first time. We are confident that by the end of this post, you will be able to remove your Toyota’s stubborn crankshaft pulley bolts.

Things You Need to Follow this Tutorial

First, you must gather all the materials and tools that you will need for the removal of these stubborn crankshaft pulley bolts on your Toyota 22R – 22R and 22RE series, which includes the following:

  • Pulley wheel holder
  • Half inch drive
  • 19mm bolt
  • Impact wrench
  • Breaker bar
  • Power steering pulley
  • 5/16” extension drift
  • Pulley puller
  • Rubber hammer

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Remove Stubborn Toyota 20R-22R-22RE Crankshaft Pulley Bolt 1979-1995

Before we begin, remember to do every step with caution, as you can mess up some parts of your engine by accident. There are at least 3 methods how to do this. Once you have gathered all that you need, here are the steps that you should follow to remove your stubborn Toyota crankshaft pulley bolt in your car.

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Method 1

1. Prepare to Remove the Crankshaft Pulley Bolt

It might be a lot easier for you to remove the stubborn crankshaft pulley bolt if you get things out of the way, such as the radiator. Doing this step will allow you to have a better view of what you are doing, as well as some space to do this task as accurately as possible.

2. Wrap a Pulley Wheel Holder Around the Crankshaft Pulley

Grab your pulley wheel holder, a piece of belt that runs through a metal bar, which allows you to wrap it around the crankshaft pulley. Pull it tight and apply pressure by holding it completely still. You may use a 19mm bolt and a half-inch drive. However, if you have a bigger drive, that would be great.

Method 2

Occasionally, using an impact wrench takes the stubborn crankshaft pulley right off. However, if it has been sitting there for a long time and nothing happens, you might want to try this second method. Here’s what you should follow when using a long breaker bar:

1. Roll a Long Breaker Bar on the Crankshaft Pulley Bolt

The crankshaft pulley spins clockwise when you are facing the engine. While everything is still hooked up, you may take a long breaker bar and roll it around the crankshaft pulley bolt, just between the leaf spring and the frame.

2. Have Somebody Bump the Starter

It is important that you get away from the setup to make sure that it has been assembled correctly. Then have somebody bump the starter, which will spin the engine while the breaker bar is holding on to the bolt, and effortlessly unscrew it for you.

It should be noted that this method can be a little bit dangerous. While it works well sometimes, proper caution should still be observed. To add, make sure that you have disconnected the coil from the distributor so the engine will not start. You would not want the engine to fire up, and it just flings the breaker bar, as well as the socket.

Method 3

If you have tried using an impact wrench and still nothing, you might want to try this third method. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Use a Power Steering Pulley

Using a power steering pulley, go ahead and pull the 4 12mm bolts. Remove the power steering pulley, and the bolts will come right off. Doing this exposes your crankshaft pulley, and you will notice that there are slots and a dust seal just behind it. Be careful when doing this method, as it can mess up your dust seal.

2. Fit a Drift into a Slot

Once the crankshaft pulley has been exposed, you may now insert a 5/16” extension drift and bump it against the body of the oil pump. Doing this step will stop it from moving when you try to roll the engine backward.

3. Apply Force

Once you have everything set up correctly, you need to support the drift a little bit, as well as the breaker bar. Apply force into it, and it should come right off. However, you might notice that it would not move that easily. The reason is that the drift is still in its place, preventing you from taking the crankshaft pulley completely.

4. Remove the Crankshaft Pulley

Once you get the nut loosened up, just back it and grab your drift out of there and then unscrew your crankshaft pulley bolt.

If you want to see a video on how to do these methods properly, click on the video link found below:

Pro Tips

  • When you can’t get the crankshaft pulley by hand, you may use a pulley puller. Just put the two bolts into the crankshaft pulley’s threaded holes and then crank down the main bolt, and then it forces the crankshaft pulley right off the crankshaft.
  • When you mess up the dust seal, you need to straighten it out before you put it back in. If you don’t, the deformed edge will just hit the outside part of the oil pump body, and it will make a metal-on-metal annoying sound. This might scare you when you fire the truck up for the first time.
  • You may also use a rubber hammer to put the crankshaft pulley back in. Once you have set it up, you can just shove it back in.
  • When removing the bolt with a wrench, make sure it is set up properly. Otherwise, the engine will just tighten the bolt, which can lead to it snapping off.


Now that you have finished reading this post, we hope that you will be able to do this task by yourself. Always remember that you take proper caution when doing these steps, as you may accidentally mess up some parts of the engine. If you are not confident enough to do this, you may always ask a mechanic or a car care professional to do this for you.