I remember when I wanted to change the dust covers on my axle, what a pain it was to break free the axle nut with my breaker bar. I have only standard hand tools.
I can only imagine that loosening the crankshaft pully bolt will be just as hard, but the question is how do I keep the engine from turning while I'm doing this?
I've heard a few suggestions, like blipping the starter after disabling the fuel pump, or stuffing rope down one of the cylinders. I would also think you could just place a bar through the camshaft sprockets, or just put the car in gear with at least one wheel still on the ground?
Could someone detail the different methods, how to set them up, and any risks involved in each one? On the 98 Mazda 626 the Haynes manual says normal crank rotation is clockwise.
POSTSCRIPT Nov. 10th 2016
So I used the started to break the crank pulley bolt free, and I took @Paulster2's suggestion for tightening it back up when putting everything back together:
You need a decent quality vise grip. At first it was slipping, so I used an allen wrench to tighten it down till it held. I'm obviously going to have to replace this belt at some point soon. I did something similar to tighten down my water pump pulley bolts.