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Deere 318, what to do while the engine's out

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Pulled my engine to replace the starter. I figured while it was out I'd check to see if there was any other maintenance stuff I could do before putting it back in.

I remember seeing a post on firewall insulation, but can't find a kit anywhere. Can someone tell me how to do this? foam insulation from HD work?

Shimming the starter. Old starter had no shims, the teeth on the starter looked fair, teeth on the flywheel had a very small amount of chipping on the teeth side facing the starter. Can someone explain the process for this?

Already have a starter improvement kit, the starter itself just died(tested it dead on the bench). Any other simple/quick/easy things I can do while I have the tractor torn down this far?

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One of the best things to do while the engine is out is to give the whole unit (including the engine) a deep clean. With the engine out you can clean the inside of the frame. I would recommend going ahead and taking the fender pan off if you have not already and cleaning the transaxle area etc.

Also like Rydplrs mentioned clean the engine, take all the tin work off and give it a good cleaning. While you at it replace the hose from the engine crank case to the fuel pump.
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