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To remove the crank pully bolt, you turn counter--clockwise. Lefty loosy, righty tighty.
The bolt must be torqued to 130-138 ft-lbs.
It is absolutly necessary to use a puller, if the balancer is not removed evenly, you will damage it, and possible damage to the crankshaft. You can rent one, usually free with deposit, from AutoZone, Advanced, etc...