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JKStair
01-09-2016, 01:47 AM
Those of you that have replaced a starter on a JK. How the hell did you get the top bolt off? I've blasted it repeatedly with WD-40's loosener and it still won't budge. There's not much room so I'm wondering if there are any tricks to this.

Thanks!

WJCO
01-09-2016, 02:46 AM
I haven't, but this guy used a shorty ratchet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=181SZd9heWk

JKStair
01-09-2016, 05:41 AM
I don't know how you'd get the leverage to bust it loose. Guess I'll try it in the morning.

WarriorJeep
01-09-2016, 09:45 AM
Stubby ratchet works fine, if you can't get enough horsepower behind it still then an air ratchet is your best bet. Personally I used an air ratchet on mine, the bolts are torqued to 40 ft pounds and felt lIke it was welded on there when I attempted to remove it with a stubby.

JeepFan
01-09-2016, 02:52 PM
I used a long extension, swivel impact socket and a braker bar. Works like a charm.

JKStair
01-09-2016, 04:38 PM
Thanks, I'll try these suggestions as well.

JDDK
12-08-2018, 10:52 PM
Once again, thank WAL family for great info and write ups. had to swap my starter this morning when I was headed out for coffee.That top bolt is something. used a box end over it slightly angled wrench. took a 24 inch 2x2 down through the open hood and a deadblow and was able to knock it loose.
Swapped out my sloppy draglink since i was near deathwobble again. just getting my coffee now after 7 hrs or wrenching and multiple trips to the parts store. Ah, Saturdays...