I decided to bite the bullet and replace my 2005 GTS 250ie's belt and rollers. I watched the YouTube videos and armed with my trusty Haynes shop manual I forged ahead. I followed the instructions but am now stuck as the transmission cover will not come off. I checked, and I rechecked. All the bolts are off and I loosened the air filter cover so I can push it up and out of the way. I removed the oil dipstick.
I started by pulling on the cover by hand but it would not budge so I sprayed P-Blaster on the transmission shaft in case it was rusted and left it overnight. No joy.
I tried using a screwdriver with a thin flat blade but I couldn't get between the rear of the cover and the engine. I went ahead and bought a sliding dent-puller and tried it on the front and rear tabs. That loosened the cover ever so slightly so I can barely get a flat screwdriver blade at the back. I also tried using a thin, flat pry bar but I am worried about breaking something.
Now I can get the cover to "wobble" slightly up and down by hand. I am worried about damaging the edge of the cover if I keep jamming the pry bar back there.
I can barely see the rear metal dowel when I pry out the back of the cover and it just seems like the dowels are holding the cover in place.
I read the MV thread that talks about this problem but nothing seems to work for me. Should I just keep working the pry bar at the back of the cover? There is no way to get at the front to and pry it out.
I can also keep using the sliding hammer tool but I really don't want to damage anything. Can the dowels get stuck like that? I'm running out of options...