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stopping the cam gear [was: What do you call someone ...]

ikessel@worldnet.att.net wrote:
> BTW - did you know that you can stop the cam gear from turning by using
> a thin steel rod to engage in the window cut in the backing plate for
> viewing the timing mark?
> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
> Haynes recommends a long flat screwdriver leveraged against one of the
> two front 6mm studs with its blade inserted in the cam sprocket. I tried
> and bent the stud on the same poor Audi.

Yeah, that's the most unrealistic instruction I think I've ever 
read in a shop manual.

Anyone got a better one?  (ridiculous advice/method prescribed by