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Timing belt guide bolt

I went to change the timing belt on my 2000 protege, and can't get the bolt out of the belt guide (the big bolt that goes into the crankshaft). The Haynes manual says to put a screwdriver in the flywheel gears against the engine block through the inspection plate. Two probles here:1) I can't find the inspection plate, 2) it doesn't give me a warm fuzzy thinking about jamming a screw driver in there. Otherwise I just sit there and turn the engine over. I tried loosening it with the car on the ground, no luck. Also, is this bolt a standard bolt, or is it reverse threaded?

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  • kamjracj Sep 02, 2008

    I couldn't find the plate. Is it on the top, side, bottom...?



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Like the other guys solution but i know of another way to do it. very dangerous but if your careful very effective. Put your tool, whatever your using on the bolt and wedge it against a solid bit of chassis, now turn the ignition on only briefly. The initial force wanting to start the car as the flywheel spins is enough to loosen the bolt.

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The inspection plate is on the bell housing of the transmission you can use a big!!! screwdriver to jam the flywheel and then remove damper bolt. alot of times if it gices me too much troulbe i remove the right front tire and use an impact gun and socket this usually does the trick. please rate this

Posted on Sep 01, 2008

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    Ronald Mueller Sep 02, 2008

    the ispection plate is on the bottom. do me a favor please rate this


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Solution #2 isn't dangerous at all. You just blip the starter and the bolt is free.

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