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I'm replacing the timing belt and water pump on my MK2F 1.3 Polo and need to remove the crankshaft aux pulley. As expected the pulley bolts have been totally rounded out by a previous owner who then just gave up (The belt may have never been changed.....). How in tarnation do people actually get to these bolts to properly get them out? The inspection hole in the wheel arch isn't big enough to attack them square on. I've jacked the engine down to try and get a clear, square shot at them but can't seem to get it low enough for at least one bolt to be seen below the wheel arch. Am i missing something? Is it the case that you can actually get to them properly through the inspection hole but you have to rotate the crankshaft to move them into view one at a time? Is there also a good trick for locking the crank when cracking the bolts? I tried popping it into gear with a front wheel on the floor but it wasn't as good as having a socket and bar over the crankshaft bolt would be. It also looks like I'm going to have to use torx bits hammered in to the heads to get them out - my Irwin bolt grips wont fit! The collar on the gripper socket doesn't have enough space between the bolt heads and the crankshaft nut+washer. Have people used these successfully before? Looking forward to the moment the first one cracks loose....