How to Remove a 2.8 Audi Crank Bolt

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How to Remove a 2.8 Audi Crank Bolt
Removal of the crank bolt is required to release the crank pulley for repairs. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

The crank bolt of an Audi 2.8 connects the crank pulley to the crankshaft. The bolt sits in the centre of the crank pulley's face and goes through the crankshaft. This bolt is meant to hold the pulley in place while extreme weight and force is applied to the pulley and crankshaft. Removal of this bolt requires heavy force. However, with the correct tools, it can be removed by almost any Audi owner in a matter of minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Drive socket set (1/2-inch)
  • Crank bolt removal tool
  • Heavy mallet

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  1. 1

    Open the bonnet of the Audi 2.8.

  2. 2

    Slide the 1/2-inch socket in the socket receiving end of the crank bolt removal tool. This end is the only one that will fit the socket.

  3. 3

    Adjust the arm of the crank bolt removal tool containing the socket so that it is on the left-hand side of the crank pulley.

  4. 4

    Slide the 1/2-socket over the crank bolt with the arm of the tool at a 90-degree angle to the crank bolt.

  5. 5

    Hit the arm of the crank bolt removal tool with a heavy mallet so that the bolt turns in a counterclockwise direction. Do this until the crank bolt becomes loose enough to turn with your hand.

  6. 6

    Remove the crank bolt removal tool and socket from the crank bolt.

  7. 7

    Turn the crank bolt counterclockwise with your hand until it is free from the crankshaft and crank pulley.

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