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Flywheel Puller: How to Make or Buy One to Remove Flywheel – 5 Great Tips

So, you have the motor and flywheel off the engine. You are wondering how you are supposed to remove the flywheel without a flywheel puller?

This can be a huge task without the proper tools. Luckily, we have created a pretty good guide that will help you through removing your flywheel without a flywheel puller.

What is a Flywheel Puller?

A flywheel puller is a tool that is used to remove the flywheel on a vehicle. This tool will also remove flywheels that are stuck or difficult to remove from their engine. The flywheel is attached to the crankshaft and it can weigh up to 40 pounds when fully assembled.

Because of this weight, it is necessary for a professional mechanic to use the flywheel puller in order for it to be removed safely and easily.

Flywheel Puller Features

There are many different brands of flywheel pullers on the market today. Each one has its own unique features and benefits, but they all have one thing in common:

They make removing your flywheel much easier than by hand alone.

The first thing that you should look for when purchasing a flywheel puller is whether or not it comes with adapters for different engines. Not all engines are alike so they will require different adapters in order for them to work properly with your specific model vehicle.

Some models come with universal adapters while others do not include any adapters at all – which means you will need to purchase additional adapters separately if needed prior to using your new tool.

Another important feature of these tools is their overall construction.

How to remove a flywheel without a flywheel puller

  • Use a screwdriver to pry it off: If you have a flathead screwdriver, use it to pry the flywheel off of the crankshaft. You can also use an Allen wrench or other type of tool with a flat tip to get under the edge of your flywheel and lift it off.
  • Use a hammer to knock it off: If you don’t have access to any tools that can help you remove your car’s flywheel, try hitting it with some force instead! This will most likely cause damage to both parts but is sometimes necessary when other methods aren’t available or won’t work well enough on their own (e.g., if there’s no room for leverage).
  • Use a bar or pipe wrench as leverage; this may cause damage as well but should allow for sufficient removal without too much effort on your part if needed (though still less than using other means).

What tool is used to remove the flywheel?

The simplest way to remove the flywheel is by using a flywheel puller. A flywheel puller looks like a long, thin metal bar and has two or three holes where you can plug in sockets.

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You then use them to turn the socket wrench backwards until it pulls out your flywheel without damaging anything else.

If you don’t have this tool (or if it’s too expensive), there are other options for removing your flywheel:

  • Use a socket wrench with an extension rod stuck in one of its sockets and then another socket on top of that. Plugging these two together will give you more power when turning them back and forth – but make sure they’re not plugged together before trying to take off the flywheel!
  • Take apart any bolts connecting your engine block with another car part (such as their transmission). The pressure from having all these things disconnected should be enough force to pop out even a stubbornly stuck item like a flywheel! However, there may be some damage done during this process so only do this method if absolutely necessary…

How do you make a flywheel puller?

Here is a simple way to make a puller for removing flywheels. This can be done with any metal, but I suggest using steel or aluminum, which are softer than harder metals like titanium and tungsten.

The first step is to make sure the piece of metal fits between the teeth of the flywheel. You can use anything from a screwdriver blade to a flathead bolt head as long as it has enough room for your hand in between the teeth when tightened onto them.

Once you have found something that fits, attach a bolt on each end of this piece so that when tightened down against each other they will form an L shape around your piece’s center point.

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The bolts should extend past either side so that they can be used later in removing/installing the flywheel once it has been removed from its housing by using these two extensions as handles (i.e., by turning them).

How much is a flywheel puller?

Now that you are aware of the importance of using a flywheel puller, we will go over how to determine how much a flywheel puller costs. There are four things to consider:

  • The quality of the tool. Cheaper tools may not be as durable, and may break when used on harder metals (such as iron). They also usually have fewer teeth per inch than more expensive models, which means they will take longer to remove your flywheel.
  • The number of teeth on the tool. A higher number tends to mean faster results, but it also depends on the diameter of your flywheel and whether or not it’s made from iron or steel (iron is softer than steel).
  • The size/diameter of your actual vehicle’s engine. This affects what type off-the-shelf kit you can buy online; if you don’t buy one specifically designed for your car model then there’s no guarantee that it’ll fit correctly.

What is a flywheel?

The flywheel is a disc bolted to the end of the crankshaft, and holds the ignition coil. It’s held in place by a bolt that passes through it, and threads into an internal gear on top of your engine block.

Without a puller tool, you need to remove this bolt first – but how?

Steps to removing Flywheel without a flywheel puller

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Make sure the engine is turned off and cooled.

The first thing you need to do is ensure that the flywheel is cool. This can be achieved by turning off your engine and letting it sit for several minutes, or by removing the radiator cap and pouring water on the flywheel until it’s sufficiently cooled.

Try not to get in the way of any hot parts while removing a hot flywheel. If you are working on an engine with an open deck (a type of cylinder block) then there may be exposed pistons near where you are working that could cause serious burns if touched while still hot.

The spark plug wire

Now, take off the plug wire from the spark plug, using a wrench.

  • If you are having trouble removing the wire, try using pliers to help.
  • You should remove this before attempting to pull off your flywheel because it could become stuck in place and prevent removal.

Remove any bolts holding down the cover over the crankshaft.

Now that the flywheel is off, you can remove any bolts holding down the cover over the crankshaft. To do this, locate these bolts under the cover and carefully remove them with a socket wrench.

Make sure not to damage or break any of its teeth when you unscrew it from its attaching points on top of your engine block!

Once you’ve removed all four or five (depending on what kind of car you’re working on) bolts, set aside your wrench and place them somewhere safe where they won’t get lost or mixed up with other tools in your garage/workshop area.

It’s also helpful if there are labels attached directly onto each bolt so there’s no confusion about which one belongs where later on down road!

Create a makeshift puller

You can make a makeshift puller with a piece of metal that fits between the teeth of the flywheel and have a screw pointing out at one end, and a bolt on the other end. Use this to loosen it.

Pop out a small button on top of the flywheel with a screwdriver and turn it counterclockwise until it comes off.

With the engine idling, pop out a small button on top of the flywheel with a screwdriver and turn it counterclockwise until it comes off.

The button will be connected to a cable that runs down into the flywheel hub. Once you’ve undone this cable, remove the screwdriver from under the button so that it doesn’t fall in between your flywheel and engine block (this can cause problems).

The next step is to pull out whatever you’re using to hold up the car – jack stands or bricks work well – and then remove any other parts of your vehicle that might get in your way or get damaged during removal.

Next, lift up on one side of your oil pan while jacking up only one side of your engine with an axle stand (or similar) underneath it as far as possible without raising either end too high;

This will allow gravity to pull down on one end of your vehicle so that there’s less stress placed on any bolts holding things together during removal.

If there is no button simply push on one side of the flywheel until it comes off.

If you have a Briggs and Stratton, then it will be slightly different. The key to removing this flywheel is that it is held in place by a pin going through the center of it and using a socket wrench to remove this pin.

This can be done by turning counterclockwise, but some engines may not have enough room to turn over so far because they may be stuck between other parts inside your engine block.

If this happens, try rotating clockwise as slowly as possible until you hear or feel something loosen up underneath where you are working at removing this part from your engine block – like an oil pan or motor mount bracket.

If nothing else works then use care when removing any bolts or screws that hold things together so that nothing jams on another part while trying to remove them all together at once!

Use bolts or screws to loosen it.

To remove the flywheel, you can use bolts or screws to loosen it. Be careful when removing the flywheel because it is heavy and may fall on you if not properly supported.

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Use a screwdriver to remove all bolts holding your wheel in place, then remove your wheel by hand. The flywheel is usually made of metal and can be difficult to remove from its axle shaft, so be careful!


The flywheel usually sits on the end of a transmission and houses the ring gear, of which the flywheel bolts to. Most engines require a flywheel when it comes to transmission replacements, meaning that the issue may arise again – and that a replacement flywheel is necessary.

Fortunately, there are other ways to remove this from the engine by using flywheel puller, so as to get it done in a timely fashion.

So, make sure you have one of these wonderful tools (flywheel puller or locally made) on hand when you’re getting around to working on your clutch or transmission, because it’ll make the process a lot easier.