removing starter 2001 Maxima gxe
The starter has failed in our 2001 Maxima. I confirmed that voltage gets to the solenoid, and then to the starter, but it will not turn except intermittently.
I'm trying to remove the starter now to replace it (with an OEM remanufactured one) but having problems.
I removed the air duct, but not the engine harness protector - not sure how to do that - or that it is necessary.
I disconnected the wires from the battery & starter.
I removed the short bolt on the front side of the starter using a socket head with extender and universal joint. It wasn't pretty, but it worked.
But am having trouble with the longer bolt at the rear of the starter.
I have a 17 mm socket on it - with extensions (like 5"), and the ratchet comes in near where the wiring harness is.
I can't seem to get enough torque to loosen the bolt (the rachet wants to twist out rather than turn). It's pretty tight in there, too. I only have enough room for a click or two on my ratchet.
Are there any tricks to removing this bolt?
Any help on proper wrenching technique or suggestings would be most appreciated.