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Old 09-22-2009, 04:39 PM
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Starter bolts

I checked today and sure enough I'm missing one. Does the end of the bolt have to be turned down like the oem bolt? Is blue locktite good enough?
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You might want to check and make sure the bolt hole is not stripped. Mine was.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:25 PM
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You might want to check and make sure the bolt hole is not stripped. Mine was.
I'm gonna chase the threads with a tap before I put it in.
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I had problems with my starter bolt backing out. So far the helicoil has worked great. No problems or backing out. What starter are you using?
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Old 09-23-2009, 09:17 AM
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I had problems with my starter bolt backing out. So far the helicoil has worked great. No problems or backing out. What starter are you using?
As far as I know it's stock. It grinded pretty bad monday and sure enough a bolt was missing. The threads has a lot of trash in it, so i'm guessing it's been gone for a while.
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FWIW mine has backed out 3 times in 200k miles. I have cleaned them and used loctite each time.
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FWIW mine has backed out 3 times in 200k miles. I have cleaned them and used loctite each time.
red or blue
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Blue the first time, red this last time. Of course my threads my have given up when I snugged the bolt down the last time.
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Is this all random occurrence?

I almost lost mine as well, a month ago. Upper bolt was missing, and had been for awhile, and the lower was half way out. The first time in 5 years and 2 starters. I changed the starter exactly a year ago.

Just wondering what would have caused this. I red locktighted the bolts and so far so good.
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Its interesting, and it may just be coincidence, but all of you have 2002 trucks with the exception of dcf4x4 who has a 2000. However, he has replaced his starter and since locktite has been good to go.
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Mines an 03, I guess I need to get under there and make sure they are snug.
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