I am finally getting around to replace the VFC on my engine. MB's service manual points to several special tools to be used for this simple R&R. Purchasing the tools is an option I would like to avoid for the time being. Are there any tips&tricks out there to loosen and remove the center bolt and remove the clutch or should I remove the fan prior to removing the clutch. Space is just as limited on this engine as in the BMW E36 but I manage by locking the clutch with a contraption I made on the bimmers, which I can't use on the MB.
I bought the ACM clutch. Now Dave mentioned a shorter bolt is required, M10X50mm. Any chance there is a MB p/n for it out there?