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Many folks use this backyard solution: determine the direction of engine rotation and put a flex handle (breaker bar) and socket onto the crankshaft bolt in such a way that the bar will contact something solid, such as the subframe or the garage floor (you may have to put a "cheater, such as a piece of pipe to reach the floor). Be sure to use a six-point socket to prevent stripping or breakage. When this is set up, bump the starter and the bolt will be loosened. Yes, I have used this method. Of course, if you can find a proper tool to hold the pulley, go for it.
Good luck, Jerry O.
 

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I neglected to mention in the above post that you must disable the ignition before you energize the starter so that the engine will not start.
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I'm in the middle of a water pump/timing belt change and I would like to inspect and possibly replace the camshaft seals. Is there a good way to hold the pulleys so the bolt can be loosened?
Check this.
2006 Pilot camshaft and crankshaft seal r/p - Honda Pilot - Honda Pilot Forums
http://www.extremeprelude.com/info/pics/Removecamgear1.jpg
"You just stick a ratchet extension through the spokes of the cam gear and then toruqe the bolt off. Just cover the end of the extension with a towel or rag so it doesn't mark up the cylinder head."

"There is a cover behind the gears that has 2 - 12mm bolts. You can place a socket and ratchet to hold it still while you muscle the bolt loose. I used a 18" - 1/2 - breaker."
 

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baseball, I've often wondered how to do this. Thank you.

I saved that pic from the Prelude forum.

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Check this.
2006 Pilot camshaft and crankshaft seal r/p - Honda Pilot - Honda Pilot Forums
http://www.extremeprelude.com/info/pics/Removecamgear1.jpg
"You just stick a ratchet extension through the spokes of the cam gear and then toruqe the bolt off. Just cover the end of the extension with a towel or rag so it doesn't mark up the cylinder head."

"There is a cover behind the gears that has 2 - 12mm bolts. You can place a socket and ratchet to hold it still while you muscle the bolt loose. I used a 18" - 1/2 - breaker."
From what I could tell, that won't work on ours as the cam gears do not extend above the head. I bought one of these: Pulley Spinning Tool but ended up breaking the cam pulley as it didn't fit quite right:nothappy:. Now I need a new pulley. It looks like one of these is the correct solution to hold the gear:

http://www.amazon.com/OTC-4754-Universal-Pulley-Holder/dp/B000Q8GVPY/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t
Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: OTC 6613 Variable Pin Spanner Wrench
 

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Whatever you do, don't use a chain vice grip to hold the cam sprocket / pulley. It will mar the gear, it's soft.
 
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