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Yesterday, just when i needed it most, a certain family member got on my sov with the iron briggs 16 and ground the plastic starter gear off. I thought, no big deal, sent him into town to get a new one, $3.50. But it was one of those days...... At first i couldnt figure out how in the devil to get to that lower starter bolt without raising the motor. I couldnt weasel a socket to it, couldnt get a wrench to fit properly on it.....HOW DO YOU DO IT!???? I ended up turning a wrench perpendicular and using a crecent on the wrench and slowly turning it out that way but i left it in hanging cause i couldnt figure how i would ever thread it back in. Yes i changed the gear but what a circus. What kind of tool should i use? Technique? without having to raise the motor? Did i miss something? Confused to the north

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Can't answer your question specifically, but sometimes "more" work is "less". How long does it take to unbolt one of those engines and lift it up.... 10 minutes? Last year I had to replace a water pump on a 1991 Mercury Sable (V6 crossways engine). After unbolting the pulleys, I couldn't get them out. Had to unbolt the pump while moving the pulleys out of the way. Wasn't looking forward to the reinstallation. The next morning I unbolted the engine (took 5 minutes) and jacked it up a few inches. The job was a piece of cake after doing that.

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Dave, Jeff, Herb, All great and helpfull tips, all correct and timely. thank you very much. Now and then i get so rammy that i become my own worst enemy and do more damage than good. I should have been able to come up with your suggestions but the adrenelin was flowing....like the saying "use brain before muscle".....what can i say but thanks Doug

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