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I am helping a friend change his timing belt on his 2001 Eclipse GS. It turns out that both belts broke the main timing belt the smaller crank belt that is behind the main timing belt. I was wondering if you guys could help me with removing the crankshaft sprocket. The service manual calls for a special tool but I am wondering if there is another way to do it without damaging anything.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
 

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Firstly, was anything damaged when the belts broke? Usually, if the timing belt breaks, the pistons, piston rods, and valves are in danger. Secondly, I think I saw someone fab a tool with thick sheet metal (it didn't seem too hard), and I've heard that other people have wedged several box wrenches in place without breaking anything.
 

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Just rent a gear puller from a parts store or get one cheap from Harbor Frieght Tools, or something. The smaller belt you're referring to though is the balance shaft belt...
 
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