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Old 04-08-2008, 11:41 AM   #1
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Default How the F**k do I reinstall the top starter bolt?

Just replaced my clutch. The top start bolt was a bitch to get out, it seems impossible to reinstall it. Any tips? Can I approach it from the top?
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Its possible you just have to find the right angle to attack it! I cant really help you much because the last time i bloted my starter, the motor was out of the car.
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Old 04-08-2008, 12:23 PM   #3
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IIRC I removed the front passenger tire, but it was a bitch 1/8 turns all the way
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if it doesn't go in by hand, you effed up.
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if it doesn't go in by hand, you effed up.
+1 on that one, i remember it going pretty smooth on mine, tq. it down will be a pita though, but it should not be so bad, and yes, i did it from the top
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I know I can get the bolt in I just don't remember how I unscrewed it and it's hard to find the right combination of extensions, etc to torque it. The bellhousing is on and everything else is lined up.
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harbor freight wobble extensions own tranny swaps.
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i do loves me some harbor freight. I'm going to go back at it especially since I know I don't have to crawl under the bitch again. Sometimes you need a little moral support...or a hug
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Go at it from the top.
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+1, from up top, I think I fished a ratchet in there a few weeks ago for mine.
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from up top with no EGR in the way it's easy.
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from up top with no EGR in the way it's easy.
Oops I forgot that I have no EGR when I said it was easy from up top.
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Oops I forgot that I have no EGR when I said it was easy from up top.
I have EGR and was still able to get it in from the top. I also had my buddy under the car who put the socket close to the bolt head and I helped to guide it onto the bolt. That made things easy too!
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Removing the wheel helps. That and a few extensions and wobbles and cursewords.
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