Q: Replacing starter on 92 Toyota that would occasionally not work until tapping on it. Removed all 3 mounting bolts, both electrical

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Starter won't come out even after removing all 3 mounting bolts, both electrical connectors and one 12mm nut on bracket above. Hit with hammer, pried on it, even re-connecting electrical and started up and drove vehicle. What gives?

My car has 245000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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