How do I fix a stripped starter bolt?
I'm replacing the starter on my 1999 Honda Accord (2.3L 4cyl MT). However, the bottom bolt holding the starter on has been stripped. This bolt is 4 1/2 inches long and goes through the transmission housing and into the engine. Only the last 1 1/4 inches at the tip of the bolt are threaded - the part which treads into the engine. The hole in the transmission housing is not threaded.
It appears that this bolt not only holds the starter, but the transmission as well. Not sure how I'm supposed to tap and engine with the transmission in the way. That's a deep hole.
I thought about just tapping the hole in the transmission and using a larger/shorter bolt, but that might not be good if the bolt is missing for the trans/engine.
Is this a good question?