Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Battery plate

asked by on

I have a rusted and loose bolt holding the battery bracket down, so my battery is loose and currently held in place by a wire. Am i able to remove the battery plate or is there anyway to cut/ remove the rusted bolt?

My car has 143000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there:

It depends on where the hold-down strap is located that is rusted. If there are two individual bolts on either side of the battery, you can cut the one closest to you that is easier to access and be able to remove the battery safely. However, this is a very delicate procedure which should only be done by an experienced ASE certified mechanic.

Before you think about cutting it, I’d suggest spraying the bolt/nut that is rusted with WD-40 and let it sit for an hour or so, then try to remove the bolt that way. It’s much safer to do that. Also, make sure to get a brand new plate and attachment bolts before reinstalling your battery. It might also be a good idea to have new battery cables installed as they might be rusted or corroded.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car was weak starting and would barely go once I tried to drive it.

It sounds like your battery or your alternator is getting weak. When the vehicle starts slowly and seems to have trouble, this is usually related to a dying or dead battery. The alternators job is to charge the battery while...

Q: Service engine light came on.

Hello, this code represents a slow acting thermostat getting to engine operating temperature which is about 195 degrees. The computer monitors the time to get to operating temperature, if it takes too long it will set this code. The issue...

Q: AC not working.

An A/C system can be divided into 3 different sub systems. These sub systems work for the most part independent from each other. The heater part of it works off of water from your engine. The refrigerant part is what...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...