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Stater will not start

Where to tap the starter so it will start

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Dont tap starters. They use to have windings on the case inside the starter. They have been replaced with ceramic magnets which will crack if struck with a hammer. Have the system tested before you tap anything as you could have a battery or connection issue. Dont add a starter to the mix

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