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Broken battery restraining bolt on an 2007 ford explorer,

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Broken battery restraining bolt...

Broken battery restraining bolt on an 2007 ford explorer

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The bolt is snapped off at an angle

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Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago
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Are you able to get the battery out of the battery tray to get access to the broken bolt?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
No
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
The bolt is the one preventing removal of battery
Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago

You will need to cut the head off of the bolt so you can get battery out so you can get vice grips on bolt to get it out or cut it even with surface and drill and tap the hole for a new bolt.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok how do I do that and what do I need to cut the bolt
Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago

I would use a die grinder like a dremel with a small metal cutting blade.

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Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago
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Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago

"I hope that helps! My goal is your satisfaction today. If you feel I've been professional and helpful, your 5-star rating at this time is most appreciated. However, if you still need my help, you can hold off on the rating for now and reply back here -- I'll respond as soon as possible! Thank you"

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Any non power tool options I only have a limited tool set with me
Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago

A metal hacksaw blade will do it also with some extra work.

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Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago

You can even bend the blade to get in there better and wrap the part where you put your hand with duct tape.

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Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago

"I hope that helps! My goal is your satisfaction today. If you feel I've been professional and helpful, your 5-star rating at this time is most appreciated. However, if you still need my help, you can hold off on the rating for now and reply back here -- I'll respond as soon as possible! Thank you"

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Is there any way to get the battery out with out removing the bolt
Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago

Not without breaking the hold down if it is the plastic type or bending it if it is the metal type.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
I don't mind breaking the bolt won't come out any other way
Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago
No unless vice grips will lossen bolt or turn it until it breaks bolt
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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok I don't think there is a solution to my problem that I can do
Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago

i am sorry i cannot be of more help since this will require some work and tools to get out.

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Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 8 months ago

My goal is your satisfaction today. If you feel I've been professional and helpful, your 5-star rating at this time is most appreciated. However, if you still need my help, you can hold off on the rating for now and reply back here -- I'll respond as soon as possible! Thank you"

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