Can't get the starter off

Discussion in 'Kenworth Forum' started by wyatt earp, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. wyatt earp

    wyatt earp Bobtail Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    OK found out that my starter for my kenworth is bad, or well i think it is. It throws sparks when I try to start it. So i am trying to take it off. Here is the problem. i have no air tools, so im doing it by hand. I have gotten 2 of the 3 bolts out. The last bolt is the one closet to the block. I can't get enough leverage to get the darn thing off. I have used pb blaster. Is there anything else that would work to get the stupid bolt out.

    I think i have used every curse word there is trying to get it out.
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  3. black_dog106

    black_dog106 Road Train Member

    Mar 29, 2009
    Am not saying your starter is not bad but....maybe a possibility?
    Few months back, went to leave truck stop(of all places) and truck wouldnt start. Frigged around with it for a couple of minutes and got a guy to turn key while i was at starter. As you said, sparks. Had a loose battery wire...:biggrin_25513:. So was an easy fix.
  4. American-Trucker

    American-Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 8, 2009
    Charlotte, North Carolina

    how much room do you have?

    if you have enough exstentions to get it out to ware you have room put a breaker bar on it and a cheater bar (pipe) if need be

    If you have the room and have a Harbor Freight tools near you buy a torque multiplyer....

    Can you take a picture or a few and post them so i can see what your working with?????

    American Trucker
  5. dave26027

    dave26027 Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    Dallas, Texas
    If the bolt's unscrewed but you can't pull it out, push a rubber hose down over the bolt head. That'll give you the grip to slip it out. Same thing when you assemble it, use the hose again to get the bolt started in the threads and finger tight.
  6. Superhauler

    Superhauler TEACHER OF MEN

    Jan 30, 2010
    keep stroking.
    i had the same trouble awhile back ended up heating up the bolt and then letting it cool off came right out. it gets corroded in the alum bellhousing. dont reuse the bolt. also clean the threads in the bolt holes before putting the bolts back in.
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2011
  7. Gears

    Gears Trucker Forum STAFF - Gone, But Not Forgotten.

    Aug 20, 2009
    I feel your pain my brother...
    Nothing much more frustrating than trying to get that last bolt out, no matter the component you're working on. I had a similar issue with the primer pump.
    Good luck!
  8. CondoCruiser

    CondoCruiser The Legend

    Apr 18, 2010
    Yes, blackdog is correct. If it's throwing sparks from the hot connection area, the nut can be just loose an 1/8th of a turn. I seen many of them.

    Also, if the last bolt is the bottom bolt, put one of the top bolts back in as the weight of the starter is not helping things on the bottom bolt.

    Then do like AT says and create leverage. Use a pipe or you can even interlock two box wrenches to get more leverage. Or a box wrench over a ratchet. Soaking doesn't do much good unless you have alot of time for it to work. It doesn't fix strong torques either.

    And like superhauler said, heat is your friend if you have access to a torch.

    Your best bet is an impact wrench, but you probably don't have access to one.

    22 hours later, I bet you have it done already. Don't bust them knuckles. :)
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