Bolt on top of starter, why?

Discussion in 'The Bench' started by Electra man, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    So I went to drop the starter today for better access to the lower exhaust manifold bolts. I've swapped about 30 starters in my lifetime. Chevys Pontiacs Oldsmobiles Buicks with GM engines from various divisions and even some foriegn cars. This was my first in a Buick with a genuine Buick engine however. What's the deal with that 3rd bolt by the solenoid? I can see the Buick engineers laughing about it in their skinny ties and white shirts. I can only assume this is the original starter because I don't know a single mechanic that would have put that pain in the butt back once removed.
  2. hugger

    hugger Well-Known Member

    It's there for pinion support, and no they never go back
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  3. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    If it attaches to the block its a stabilizer for old school high compression hick-ups. It helped keeping the starter nose from cracking... ws
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  4. Electra man

    Electra man Older and Slower

    It makes sense now. Thanks guys. I will put it back.
  5. Smartin

    Smartin Staff Member

    I've taken a couple off, and the bracket ends up in my tool box afterwards :D
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  6. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    I think those were one of those secret parts that GM included in book hours that wasn't really necessary. The line mechanic could eliminate that and gain 1/2 hour. That OEM starter cable and fusible links in the sheath thing is another, but I struggled with mine so its' proppa... ws
  7. bostoncat68

    bostoncat68 Platinum Level Contributor

    I'll give ya an "amen' on that cable sheath @yachtsmanbill. That thing was annoying with the exhaust manifold off...
  8. yachtsmanbill

    yachtsmanbill Well-Known Member

    Even worser with headers! :eek: ws

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