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2001 Ford F150 starter is stuck in extended position in the bell housing. How can I get the starter out?

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  • CaptnJJ Oct 17, 2008

    I had to rotate the flywheel back and forth a few times, then the starter released by itself.

    Thank you for your help.



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If you unbolt starter it will come out. you can sometimes rotate motor back and forth by hand and release starter

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