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1999 sportage stopped running, trying to replace timing belt.

Removed upper timing cover tried to start, lower timing gear at crank moves but not the belt and camshafts. Cannot remove lower cover, the bracket with bearings for the fan is in the way. I removed two bolts on the passenger side and can't move out of the way. Do I need to remove the crankshaft pulley and remove lower cover from below?

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