Make Model Year
BMW 335D 2009 - 2011
BMW X5 2009 - 2013
Weight18 lbs
Dimensions12 × 12 × 8 in


Other Part Number



11 23 8 511 371



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Part: Harmonic Balancer ( Damper Pulley )

Fits: BMW X5, 3.0L Diesel
Years: 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013

Fits: BMW 335D, 3.0L Diesel
Years: 2009 • 2010 • 2011

Part Numbers: 11238511371  11237788611  11237793593

A harmonic balancer (also called crank pulley damper, crankshaft damper, torsional damper, or vibration damper) is a device connected to the crankshaft of an engine to reduce torsional vibration and serves as a pulley for drive belts.[1][2]

Every time the cylinders fire, torque is imparted to the crankshaft. The crankshaft deflects under this torque, which sets up vibrations when the torque is released. At certain engine speeds the torques imparted by the cylinders are in sync with the vibrations in the crankshaft, which results in a phenomenon called resonance. This resonance causes stress beyond what the crankshaft can withstand, resulting in crankshaft failure.

To prevent this vibration, a harmonic balancer is attached to the front part of the crankshaft. The damper is composed of two elements: a mass and an energy dissipating element. The mass resists the acceleration of the vibration and the energy dissipating (rubber/clutch/fluid) element absorbs the vibrations.

Additionally the energy transferred from the piston to the crankshaft can induce as much as 2 degrees of twist in the crankshaft, which has many follow-on effects on all engine elements that require adequate timing such as valve opening, cam timing, ignition timing etc.

Over time, the energy dissipating (rubber/clutch/fluid) element can deteriorate from age, heat, cold, or exposure to oil or chemicals. Unless rebuilt or replaced, this can cause the crankshaft to develop cracks, resulting in crankshaft failure.

Performance enthusiasts have been known to remove harmonic balancers, usually when the balancer is attached to the crank pulley, deciding that they aren’t necessary and their mass reduces the performance of the engine. However, this is unproven and potentially very risky because the danger of damage to the engine from the vibrations the damper is intended to prevent is too high.[citation needed]

Certain cars, however, do not come equipped with an external balancer on the crank pulley, and as such, can have the pulley replaced with a performance oriented product which counter-acts these resonance frequencies.

1 review for 2009 – 2013 BMW X5 335 Diesel Harmonic Balancer with bolts Crankshaft Damper Pulley 11238511371 11237788611 11237793593

  1. Allen

    so hard to locate this part , glad i found you

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