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Starter I can't break the bolt loose on the upper right side of starter. super tight, and bon't want to snap the bolt off

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Good Day,

I've been in that same sitiutaion myself, best advice I can give you is to go to a hardware store and pickup some penetrating oil, liquid wrench makes a great penetrating oil. While you are there grab a small inexpensive propane torch. Soak the bolts with the penetrating oil for a few hours, then heat it up with the propane torch, repeat this process as necassry.

I hope this helps

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