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2006 450 diesel Canadian model, intermittent no-start. not the key lockout, narrowed it down to the starter. i have the engine dropped, intercooler etc all out. according to every writeup ive read, the starter "is a tight fit but comes right out and you dont have to remove the AC lines" after removing the thermostat housing. for some reason every writeup has a different design, beside the starter all this car has is this plastic housing that doesnt even have a thermostat in it. underneath where you see blue coolant to the right of my thumb under the plastic piece is aluminum casting from the engine block, this is blocking the starter from coming out. i see no thermostat anywhere
has anyone encountered this? im beyond frustrated with this car, if the alternator/AC compressor and a bunch of other BS on the side have to be removed to get the starter out i may as well just strip the car
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Check out this thread from Club Smart Car: Starter Replacement, Bad Lead - Operation and Maintenance: 450 Model, 2005-2006, diesel - Club smart Car
hey, thank you that actually helps. i thought more room was needed to pull the starter out but i guess not. the AC compressor is the only thing blocking me from getting leverage to angle the starter out so i will have to remove it i think and try again
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