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How do I get the gear off of the starter, it's stripped and I need to replace it.

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I don't think you will be able to find a replacement starter motor gear, and disassembling and reassembling the motor is challenging. Generally you have to replace the starter/solenoid as a complete assembly. They are available on eBay.

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