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'83 944 Balance Shafts

I first would like to thank all of you for all the help I have rec'd
by just reading thru the pages.

I have an '83 abused 944 I loving call the "Bright Red Money Pit"

I could tell you all I've done to it but would be easier to say what I haven't done.

The question I pose I could not find in documentation I have. The upper and lower balance shafts have in/out play of a little greater than 1/8". Is this normal? Do the shafts center based on the crank pulley?

Is there a trick to removing the Camshaft Gear. I attached my gear puller and it slid out about 1/16" and stopped any more pressure I was afraid the gear would break. Are there any locks/keepers on the inside? Seeing as it would not come out I tightened back up now the retaining bolt hole does not line up by about 1/32". What did I do wrong? All I wanted was to bead blast the box.

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Yes, there is a bolt in the camshaft that holds the sprocket in there, You will need to remove it before the camshaft pulley comes out.

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Mike,

Did that. Only way to remove the nut.
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Awww Hell...

The woodruf key is probably snagged on the pulley. PB Blaster is your new best friend!

Soak it down let it sit for a bit, then give the pulley a few light raps with a rubber mallet to try and work it loose.

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(Did your friend sell the 928?)
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Mike,

Soaked the heck out of it. I will try rapping with a mallet while applying pressure with the puller.

The previous wrench on it nicked 1 tooth on the cam gear. Should I replace it?

He really boogered up the balance shaft gears I am replacing.

I did start the car to test the lower end and it ran smooth as silk no smoke, knocks etc..

Consider the 928 gone. I get nothing but conflicting statements on the car. re: Yes it's sold, no it isn't, It's a 924 no wait 928 no wait again 968. I don't think the nut knows anything.
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Well, that depends - how chipped is the pulley, and how rough is the chip?

Soak it down again and let it sit - even overnight. Then rap it a couple of times.

He probably tried to remove the gears with a set of vice-grips - a "common" problem. Screws everything up.....

Damn, sorry to hear its gone, would have been an interesting one to play with for a while.

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There was a 944 on ebay later back ( read on previous postings) that was up in Cocoa. Sounded like the "older than me" dude did not know what he had either.

Sounded like a mid life, balding, limp @#?!, kind a guy.

Check it out may still be there.

It definately looked 120% better than mine.

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