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    Hi: I need to replace the seal behind the main pulley at the bottom front of the engine. How do you undo the big nut at the front without having the pulley spin on you?

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    Hi Geoff, if you mean how do you stop the crank from turning while trying to loosen the crank pulley bolt, I normally use a large half inch breaker bar on the socket and position the breaker bar against the chassis. Then click the starter to release the bolt tension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff Stewart View Post
    Hi: I need to replace the seal behind the main pulley at the bottom front of the engine. How do you undo the big nut at the front without having the pulley spin on you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by J-man View Post
    Hi Geoff, if you mean how do you stop the crank from turning while trying to loosen the crank pulley bolt, I normally use a large half inch breaker bar on the socket and position the breaker bar against the chassis. Then click the starter to release the bolt tension.
    Geoff, if you don't have a rattle gun do what J-man says. Thats how we do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff Stewart View Post
    Hi: I need to replace the seal behind the main pulley at the bottom front of the engine. How do you undo the big nut at the front without having the pulley spin on you?

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    Hi Geoff

    I use a 19mm ring spanner and a copper hammer, a few good taps in the anti clockwise direction usually works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff Stewart View Post
    Hi: I need to replace the seal behind the main pulley at the bottom front of the engine. How do you undo the big nut at the front without having the pulley spin on you?

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    I also use the mallet and spanner shock approach, like Col. I'm not as refined though and use a big steel mallet.

    I'd never thought of using the starter as a rattle gun.

    It just needs one good shock and it will free up completely.
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    Either as above or have the car in reverse and an assistant put their foot on the brake and use a long breaker bar. Rattle guns don't fit in there with the engine in car.
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    We've used Jman's method a few times on stubborn ones.

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    Geoff, if your pulley is anything like mine, you may want to grab yourself a speedy sleeve for the pulley while you're doing the seal. Both cheap and readily available through CBC.

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    Thanks everyone. Having been away from the Renaults for a while you forget that they are bit smarter than they look. After reading the above advice I went to try and put my socket driver on the bolt and found that I didn't have the room to get it between the chassis and the bolt head, I stuffed around for a while and then realised that the cleaver little fella's had put a hole in the front of the Chassis so that I could put my socket driver extension through the hole and onto the bolt head, it was then just a matter of resting my driver under the bumper. One turn of the starter motor and the bolt was as free as a bird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff Stewart View Post
    Thanks everyone. Having been away from the Renaults for a while you forget that they are bit smarter than they look. After reading the above advice I went to try and put my socket driver on the bolt and found that I didn't have the room to get it between the chassis and the bolt head, I stuffed around for a while and then realised that the cleaver little fella's had put a hole in the front of the Chassis so that I could put my socket driver extension through the hole and onto the bolt head, it was then just a matter of resting my driver under the bumper. One turn of the starter motor and the bolt was as free as a bird.

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    Ah. I didn't know that! My R8 of course has a crankhandle hole which serves exactly the same purpose.
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