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Finally did the job today.
I did like Swedecar sais, working under and prying the engine a bit to the driver side.
One issue was that pry bar was too long since I am working with a jack but I managed to find a place to pry.
I was lying on my back in my driveway and it wasn't that easy to put all the force it need.
Also you have to see where is the best location to pull out the tensioner ( and putting it back in place)but when doing mechanics it's part of the job.
Overall, it wasn't that bad.
At the same time I did the crankshaft main seal.
The pulley was so easy to remove, just unscrew the bolt and pull the pulley with your hand with no resistance.
The new seal wasn't the same color (brown) as the old one (mainly black). I carefully compared both and there was maybe a slight difference but I am not too sure.
I put the new seal in and you have to install it very straight. I had a bit of trouble installing it flush but pushing my fingers I was able to install it.
Then I inserted the pulley in and bolted it with my impact. Then, I said to myself, I am going to remove the pulley to see if the seal is ok.
Now I know the difference between a new seal and a used one. I wasn't able to remove the pulley at all. Prying the pulley with a big screwdriver for about 20 minutes and turning the pulley along the way and I was just able pull it about 1/2 an inch.
I decided to put back the bolt in and installing the belt. I started my car and the crankshaft pulley was a wobbling a bit.
Removed the belt and removed the crankshaft bolt. I took a small piece of 2x4 and hit the pulley with a small mass at the center and around it. Put the bolt back on and stared the car and it was fine.
The thing to remember is to change your tensioner only if your main crankshaft seal is leaking :-) :-)
I don't see myself renting or buying an extractor to remove the crankshaft pulley everytime.
I was very surprised to see how easy it was to remove the pulley with the old seal (that was as hard as a rock) and seeing not that much oil seeping.
Thanks to all for your advice.
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