First off, I am glad the FSM is finally back in business. I've already been able to get reference to solve 2 issues from it.
However, I'm thinking about doing my own crankshaft seal. I've already got the part. Only thing is, The FSM makes it seem like I just remove the fan, crankshaft pulley, and drive belts. Sounds easy, but I also don't want to get caught up in anything too difficult. But my mech wants $250, and I'm just cashed out on this car for the season. It does this "thing" where every few months, everything needs to get replaced at once and it's killin me. Already had to do Rack and pinion bushings ($180+$90) Rear Brakes gave out the other week ($220), battery died (just picked up a $50 walmart battery). Just decided the A/C is likely going to have to wait until next year.
However, this seal is urgent. Has anyone done this before? It seems like you would have to remove some kind of piece and then pry the crankshaft seal out of it. When the pulley comes off, does it have to be aligned with the timing chain? How does one remove the pulley so it doesn't turn while unscrewing it??
http://www.nicoclub.com/FSM/Q45/1998_Q4 ... Q45/em.pdf