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Removing a starter on a 1987 toyota corolla

Im trying to take off the starter and i have the top bolt loosened but the bottom bolt is located next to the mounting bracket and cant get a socket or a flat wrench in there to take off the bolt any solutions? thanks its a 4 door corolla

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  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    bolts will loosen during operation

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Removed the two bolts holding the starter, but cannot slide the starter out the bottom, side, or top of the vehicle.



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Have you tried using a long extension? I pretty sure that is the only way to reach the bottom bolt.

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