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I'm trying to remove my starter on my 2005 pontaic sunfire. I have removed three bolts and cant seem to get the starter to budge. i've searched as much as I can see but I cant seem to see why this is still not removing. any ideas?

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If all of the mounting bolts are definitly removed, then you'll want to make sure the batt (-) cable is disconnected, then either use your belts/pulleys or a socket on the Crankshaft main bolt to carefully rotate the motor (same rotation as normal) & listen for any binding & this should make sure the teeth on the flywheel/starter ring have disengaged from the starter teeth. With todays cars, tight fit is the standard & if the solenoid is holding the bendix forward as if starting, this should help to release it or loosen the bind. Hopefully you don't have a flywheel problem. If after rotating the engine, you can't get it loose, tap the end of the starter just a hair at an angle to loosen & then again from the oppsite angle to free up the starter from the mounting area. It does have to come out fairly straight due to the mounting flange but hopefully the taps will free it up if it is stuck.

Never a bad idea to look at the new part, or one at a parts store that is identical to better understand the exact fit.

Good Luck

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