Darn near impossible to get anything like an impact wrench up in there to access the top bolt. Hopefully someone has not done that with the powertrain out of the car as it will make it hard to remove now. I use a 9/16" socket on 6-9 inches of 3/8 drive extension on a normal 3/8 drive ratchet to loosen the top bolt. You can position these tools so they will go onto the bolt. You are overthinking this it is not that hard. If for some reason the standard ratchet will not let me loosen the bolt I defer to my longer 3/8 drive breaker bar (it is about 12" long). I only recall one time where the bolt was so tight that one of these did not work. In that case I removed the forward piece of sheet metal shroud that runs across the front of the engine and used a box wrench and a hammer from above to get it started.Walt wrote: ↑Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:52 amSo something dawned on me this morning and I got a good laugh from it... in wondering how in the world this starter comes out, I'm imagining the challenge of reaching in there AND having to turn a socket wrench... the job would be a whole lot easier with an impact wrench and compressor right?! Which of course I do not have... is it possible with hand tools or do all of you have the power tools?
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Anyway, thank you all for your help on this! Have a great night.