This may be an involved question so bear with me. :)
I have a 1998 Honda Accord EX (4cyl) with 281xxx KM, and last week I was told by my mechanic that the harmonic balancer is warped. And in fact, when the engine is running you can see the crankshaft pulley wobbling rather violently way down there. I would say the wobble is approx. 5-8 mm off-center.
I am planning on having the harmonic balancer replaced very soon (as well as the T-belt, water pump, front main seal, and valve adjustment), but I am very worried that my crankshaft has been warped, or hairline-fractured, by the unbalanced balancer. The problem has been present for at least three months I think...
The car has no rust, no slipping and doesn't burn oil or coolant.
Does anyone have any speculation or experience here to give me? Is there any way to check for a warped crankshaft without taking apart the bottom end? How screwed am I?
If there's any clarification to be provided, let me know. Thanks.
UPDATE: The car is going in on Thursday and I will report back after that.