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This is probably a stupid question, but I can't find a socket/wrench size that will fit the bolt on the battery hold-down clamp. I just need to loosen it so I can put a new battery in, but it's a very small, strange-looking bolt that is smaller than 4.5 mm but larger than 4 mm, smaller than 3/16" but larger than 5/32".

It's frustrating because there isn't much room to get a set of robo-grips or vise-grips down there either.

Edit: it doesn't look like the original bolt, looks like I might have to get creative with it.
 

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yeah, it doesn't even look like a bolt, really. It's got a very small part sticking up, then a short step, then the outside ring of the bolt. And I can barely make out the flats on it, like it was rounded off. I may have to look for some long, narrow vise-grips.

 

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I don't think that's the stock one, unless yours is different than my 96...

The bolt size is the same as the battery terminals; 5/16 or 8mm. Either should work.

What you need is dorman part number 00588, which is a battery hold down kit that has the tall bolt that comes up even with the top of the battery.

I'm not sure if I got it from Summit or Rockauto; search if you want one.
 

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I don't think that's the stock one, unless yours is different than my 96...

The bolt size is the same as the battery terminals; 5/16 or 8mm. Either should work.

What you need is dorman part number 00588, which is a battery hold down kit that has the tall bolt that comes up even with the top of the battery.

I'm not sure if I got it from Summit or Rockauto; search if you want one.
Mine's a 96 as well, it's definitely different from the terminal bolts...I guess whoever changed it before lost or stripped it and just used whatever bolt they could find. I'm sure I'll get it out somehow, just didn't feel like messing with it anymore today.


I will definitely check out that tall-bolt kit, to make things simple next time.
 

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You sure it's not the original, just maybe the long bolt broke off? The stockers have a tendancy to break very easily, especially if it's rusted.
 

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You sure it's not the original, just maybe the long bolt broke off? The stockers have a tendancy to break very easily, especially if it's rusted.
it doesn't look broken really, just like a funny-shaped thing...though I suppose it's possible. I guess it doesn't matter what it's doing there, I just need to brute force the thing. Argh it makes me so mad I just want to go out there right now and if I could find the vise-grips I'd probably have it changed already. :mad: Time to go buy some new ones, that will probably lead to me finding the old ones within a matter of days. :rolleyes: :D
 

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Looks like a metal roofing screw with the head rounded off.
 

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You will most likely have to break them off. I say break em, get that NASTY brand of a battery out, and then take the remaining studs out of the threads =)
 

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You will most likely have to break them off. I say break em, get that NASTY brand of a battery out, and then take the remaining studs out of the threads =)
sounds like fun, lol. This is way more annoying than it should be.
 

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This is way more annoying than it should be.
It's next to the battery, and you are up north; Corrosion is your enemy, for sure.

Disconnect the battery, pry it out of there (don't break the whole bottom of the battery off!), and then see if you can get the bolt out.
 

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I don't know if Ford changed something from '95 to '96, but I had to replace mine when it snapped a couple of years ago. If I follow you correctly, the fastener in question threads through a plastic wedge that keeps the battery in place. I forget what size socket fit the head of that long stemmed bolt, but I found that a M6 hex head cap screw (I guess that's the proper terminology-either that or machine screw) in stainless steel would do the job in place of the factory part without the risk of corrosion. The head is 10mm and a length of 70mm or 75mm is just long enough to go though all the threaded parts to hold down the battery. A longer length fastener and a few nuts to use as standoffs would put the head in easier reach-I have to use a 6-inch extension to reach the screw head with a just-long-enough long screw.
 

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Here's a pic if you need it. Was pulling the battery tonight...hope it helps.
Eric

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