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How do you replace a starter on a 1996 honda odyssey automatic? I have so far removed all connections, and have removed the first 17mm bolt(of which i can see). The second 17mm bolt(which is on the lower left hand side of starter) is too close to the engine housing to allow me to use both a 17mm socket or 17mm spanner. How can I remove this bolt ? Same problem. How did you get the second bolt out?

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3/8 drive socket set,with thinner sockets dont remember having a problem last time i done one but it was a manual .

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