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There is an access panel to the flywheel (you'll see two 10 mm bolt heads about 3 inches apart, at the base of the motor, between engine and tranny, that holds a thin sheet metal panel about 4 inches square, a millimeter or less thick). Removed, you'll see about 15 or so flywheel gear teeth.
I stuck a 2.5 or 3 mm hex key wrench between two gear teeth such that when I advanced the crankshaft pulley bolt clockwise, the hex key was wedged between the motor housing and the two teeth. I then used a 2 foot breaker bar to loosen the crankshaft pulley bolt. It's on very tight and took all my might to loosen.
My main focus was to replace the leaking water pump, so I had to remove the camshaft pullies too to access timing belt cover number 3 behind them. Before removing the timing belt, I left it and the hex key in place and loosened the camshaft pully bolts too (the belt kept the pullies stationary).
When putting her back together, I re-installed the former timing belt, put the hex key on the otherside of the flywheel access, and tightened the camshaft pullies to the recommended torque. Then I put on the new timing belt and completed the close-up.
Last edited by JCxy; 08-22-2006 at 10:59 PM.