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Unhappy w115 '75 300D starter won't come out

hey guys, I'm a bit stuck, my 1975 300D needs a new starter and I have the old one out of the bell housing, it just won't come out of the car, I've jacked it up, tried from above, below, and turned the wheels all the way right and left, etc. what's the trick? I really don't want to have to take off the exhaust pipe or any steering linkage....
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no ideas?
oh well, I think I'll just end up taking out the PB blaster and pulling the exhaust pipe loose at the manifold, that way I can get it off from above, rather than messing with steering or suspension underneath. any Ideas on another way to get it done would still be appreciated!
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though I cant offer you any advice on how to remove it, I can tell you that I too had a very difficult time a few years back. Good luck
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Thanks

Thanks man, I think I'm going to end up loosening the motor mounts and jacking up that side of the engine just that little bit I need. I got a bunch of pb blaster on those exhaust bolts and let it soak in, several coats later they stripped clean off with no effort, rather than coming out >.<
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It's out!

Well guys, what I ended up doing was loosening the motor mounts, turning the wheel all the way to the left, placing the starter behind the steering linkage, as far down and towards the passenger's side as possible, then jacking up the rig from just in front of the oil pan (until the wheels weren't on the ground anymore) and straightening out the wheels. It just fell out! Now it's time to get either the original Bosch starter rebuild, or go for something else, any suggestions on reman's to stay away from?
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I had mine rebuilt by a local shop. Didnt cost much. Now that I think about it, taking out the starter was a real bitch. couldnt get to a bolt I think.
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I got it out, and got a rebuilt one from duracrap, it's not wonderful quality, but will work for the time being, the old Bosch one was apparently completely destroyed because my local shop wanted around 200 dollars to rebuild it, and the POS with a lifetime warranty was 86. I found the easy way to get it out too since I tried to put it in the wrong way, couldn't get it turned around inside the engine compartment, and had to take it out again... Finished the job yesterday and drove her over 150 miles today with no problems at all (in a very hilly region of NE oregon I averaged around 40 mpg on the freeway!)
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I just pulled the starter from my 1976 300D and the easiest way was to pop off the passenger side of that center link. Once i did that it had plenty of room to come out.
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The easiest way I found (10 minutes in and 10 minutes out if you're quick with a ratchet) is to jack up the front end just a little bit, turn the wheels so they're straight, slide the starter back, then tip it down right behind that steering linkage. It'll slip right through the space there nose (where it goes into the bell housing) first, just don't do what I did and put it in backwards, there is no good way to get it turned around without taking it out again. I had to put three starters in during the course of four days before finding a good one, cheap parts make for good repair experience though. Now I have some sort of fluid (almost positive it's diesel) leaking out from somewhere around the injector pump, but only when the car is in park and the engine is warm.... got to find and repair that over the weekend!
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