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Old 02-04-2010, 10:41 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Well, from rebuilding starter motors, I know that the number one cause of irreparable damage is the "hammer trick", wherein people somehow think it's a good idea to whack the button on the back of the starter with a hammer, even though there's a compressed ferrite powder magnet on the inside of the housing with no cushion against the impact.

That said, you're working with a slightly larger motor, but you're probably better off using a deadblow hammer or a rubber mallet, or at least using a wood dowel to absorb some of the impact shock.
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