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Hello, I'm a person of (very) limited mechanical ability. I was going to follow the instructions in my Haynes manual to change my timing belt. The car is a 1989 Toyota Corolla (4aFC). My problem is that the manual says to jam a screwdriver or lever in the ring gear to stop the crank shaft from turning when loosening the crankshaft pulley. I have no idea how to expose the ring gear. It seems a bit too much effort to take out the transmission to change the timing belt. Is there an inspection point, or some simple way of exposing the ring gear? I'm very much a newbie, so any pictures or basic descriptions would be much appreciated. Thanks, Paul.

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  • paul12345671 Jul 16, 2008

    Thanks for the comment. However, I've looked around the bottom of the bell housing and I found an oval-shaped rubber thing that I could pull out. However, when I looked behind it, there were just a couple of nuts that I assumed held down the transmission??

    What does an inspection point look like?



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Very tight nut/bolt on fly (wheel crank shaft)been told to use air powered tool to expensive, also some one mentioned a some thing driver that you hit with a hammer, any advise would be extremely welcomed

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There should be an inspection plate around the bottom of the bellhousing you can remove if its a automatic if its standard put it in gear

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  • don350k Jul 25, 2008

    its usually a pan on the bottom that comes off, or a rubber plug, you may be seeing the torque converter bolts. if you cant get it this way try iinstalling the belt and jamming a screwdriver in one of the pullys



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