'00 Camry LE
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A quick summary of where I'm at. I picked up a used 2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 5S-FE with a little over 124k on it. Runs great, but the waterpump went out completely. The weephole is streaming more than weeping and the bearings have a wobble chewing the inside of my timing belt all to hell. Easy R&R a WB and TB should be a weekend job right? Not quite and I know some of you are laughing already. I have big arms, hands, and fingers making it even rougher. I got the top timing belt cover off no problem, although I did completely take the engine mount off, big hands = in my dang way! Removed the battery / battery tray, breather box, and slid the cruise control box over to remove the starter so I could jam the flywheel from there. Here comes my first major roadblock of the whole ordeal. My father in law and I are pretty strong fella's, but the crank pulley bolt is completely kicking our asses! I was lifting myself off the ground on a 15" breakerbar, my FIN had the same results. Stupid question #1: The conventional righty-tighty lefty-loosey applies to this bolt correct? I'm almost 100% certain it does. If so any advice on how to break this thing short of renting an impact wrench? I believe my local parts house only rents the electric ones, will they provide ample torque to pop it loose? Any advice you guys can share will be greatly appreciated. I gave it a good dose of WD-40 right before I shut-down for the evening, with a little luck that may play out for me.