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Starter replacement? For a while now I've had a periodic , occasional click when I try to start but eventually it kicks over. The problem has gotten progressively worse and would not start today until I pushed it about 20-30 feet. It seems to me it's down under neath and not in plain sight. I don't like doing even simple stuff but wonder how tough it is to get tension off, and back on the belt. Can anyone give me an idea of how to get that starter out, tools needed and rebuilt cost? Thanks!

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If the car dosent sound like its turning over and only giving clicking sounds, than most likely the battery needs to be charged.

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