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pauljs75 05-01-2014 10:57 AM

Battery hold-down clamp problem
Can't get the bolt that holds the plastic wedge that holds the battery in place to come out. Any suggestions on that, and if the battery can be forced out - is there a way to fix it, or should I just get another battery tray?

AaronGTR 05-01-2014 11:47 AM

There's a nut welded on the bottom of the tray that the bolt goes into. It's not uncommon for them to get water on them and rust over time. Usually they either get rusted in place so the bolt won't come loose, or the nut rusts and breaks off the tray so the bolt just spins and never comes out. Which one is it doing on yours? If you have a cut-off wheel you might be able to reach down in there and cut it, or you could drill it out from the top and break the head off. At least then you should be able to get the wedge out that holds the battery in, and once the battery is out you can get the rest of the bolt out, or take the whole tray out if needed. Word of warning... the bolts that hold the tray to the frame often get rusty and break too. Use some penetrating oil on them, and heat with a torch if needed. Easier than drilling busted bolts out of the frame. ;)

pauljs75 05-10-2014 12:10 PM

Second one. Seems like it's free-spinning.

If I can get at it - I wonder if it's possible to epoxy it to the tray? That way it shouldn't spin loose while turning the part that is supposed to.

zzyzzx 06-24-2014 12:13 PM

I replaced mine with stainless steel hardware (bolt and washer). I'm guessing that it won't rust to the nut that's in there, although I never had trouble getting the bolt out (probably because I go through batteries often enough).

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