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Old 01-11-2017, 03:39 PM   #1
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A quick thanks to all those who have posted about changing a starter in a 240; especially cleanflametrap's photo.

I just changed the starter on my '88 244 NA this afternoon. It took about 90 minutes, but would have taken much longer without the posts. Without the info here, I would have spent a lot of time just figuring out the tools that I would have needed.
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Old 01-13-2017, 10:52 PM   #2
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Extensions and a good gun make for a fast pull.


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Old 01-13-2017, 10:56 PM   #3
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Looks like that trigger would Snap Off the first time you dropped it. Also tweeker/rave paint job hurts my brain.
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Old 01-13-2017, 11:03 PM   #4
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I argue that it's a practical color vs. red tools that get greasy and hard to spot!
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Old 01-16-2017, 11:54 AM   #5
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Extensions and a good gun make for a fast pull.
While have a gun, I was lucky and didn't need to use it. I did use a bunch of extensions though. I used 3/8"s for the top because of space limitations and 1/2"s for the bottom. I sprayed the exposed top threads with Kreen the day before.

I am debating whether to have my original starter rebuilt. There is a good rebuilder near me who will do it for less than $100. I would then have a spare. The original starter still spun, but the drive would kick out early. The flex plate looked fine with just a little shiny area on the outside edge of a few teeth.
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When those bolts are really stuck, an impact gun with extensions is useless. All the energy is lost in the extensions. I've had those bolts take 200+ lb*ft of torque to break them loose. That was a 3' breaker bar winding up the extensions almost 90 degrees. When the bolts broke loose the extensions flew. I have had at least 3 cars require that much force to break at least one of those dang bolts loose.
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When those bolts are really stuck, an impact gun with extensions is useless. All the energy is lost in the extensions. I've had those bolts take 200+ lb*ft of torque to break them loose. That was a 3' breaker bar winding up the extensions almost 90 degrees. When the bolts broke loose the extensions flew. I have had at least 3 cars require that much force to break at least one of those dang bolts loose.
Yeah I agree that long 3/8" extensions flex a LOT. I used the above gun with around 800 lbs of nut busting torque recently with long extensions on a 2001 BMW 330 Trans swap and all it really did was torque flex the extensions for a bit. I think I had to break em free with a bar and even then that's a great way to bust your face or knuckles.

Just don't over torque on the way back in to do your future self a favor.
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