How do you remove a stripped nut from your car battery?

I’m trying to replace the battery, but one of the nuts holding it in place is completely stripped. My wrench just can’t get a grip! What can I do to remove a stripped nut from my car battery?

Answer
Stripped nuts and bolts can be challenging. But try not to worry, there are plenty of tricks for handling them! Try using one of these tips to remove a tripped nut from your car battery:
  • Use pliers to wiggle the nut back and forth and loosen it. It should help it come off easier.
  • Cut off the nut with a hacksaw. If you use this option, be careful not to touch the battery!
  • Buy a bolt removal tool like go2 socket that lets you adjust the size and grip of your socket.
  • Use a bolt or screw extractor to pull it out.
If you’ve tried these tips and are still having trouble, consider bringing your car to an auto shop for help. Most auto shops will take out your old battery for free when you purchase a new one. Plus, an auto shop will likely have the required tools to handle the situation.
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Joshua Levy
Answered on Nov 19, 2021
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