yep you guessed took the old vp44 out went to put the new one in. got it in checked to see if the shaft and gear turned at the same time. NOPE. so i guess the key must be inside the gear housing. Is there any way to get this key without taking off the front plate. to take off the front plate it looks like i need to take off the main pulley and fan clutch is this correct? Does anyone have any other way to get this little key?