Nov 10, 2009

Help Me Please!

Can anyone out there please tell me how to disconnect my battery terminal? I'm feeling pretty stupid right now and that sounds like a pretty basic question but I'm used to terminals that look like these.

My terminals look like these. Look at the red one. I have found on the internet that I'm supposed to use a 8mm wrench but I cannot for the life of me figure out what it's supposed to connect to. The end that is sticking out is the only part that isn't round and I can fit a 5/16" socket on it but I can't turn it. It doesn't actually look like a bolt either so I don't want to waste my time trying to turn something that is actually welded on. I know I sound like such a girl but I am and this shouldn't be this hard. If it is the end thing then I'll take suggestions about how to make it easier to turn cause it's on there tight!

This is what it is supposed to look like when it is disconnected. Thank you.


"A girl needs to be so lost in God, that the guy is going to have to seek HIM to find her!" ...Maya Angelou


Tammy said...

I wish I could help you out but I have a hard time with my DVD player.

love and hugs~Tammy

Warren Baldwin said...

Edie, it would help if I had our vehicle to look at, but my wife has it. From what I can see, that post ought to turn and allow you to undo the cable. You may have to put some torque to it, but it should come undone. But, since I can't actually see it myself, you might call someone from church to come help you! Sorry.

From the Heart said...

Edie, My husband looked at the pictures. He suggested to call an Advance Store and ask them or Sears Automotive. He said he was curious as to why you need to undo the cabel. The picture with the red is a newer connection and you should be able to unscrew the bolt that connects your battery. However if you do this the battery cable should not touch any other metal parts as it may still be hot and cause a spark. He still suggests you call an Advance or Sears store.
Hope this help.

KrippledWarrior said...

Ok sweetie, you've got the correct tool. But the red terminal shows "+". That means if you are touching that nut with a metal wrench, and touch an unpainted metal part of the car. You might see a bright flash of light and open your eyes looking up at the ceiling or the sky. Or talking to the Lord. Please stay on this side of the sod, and get some help. I love you too much to wonder why you don't blog any more.

2Thinks said...

I have to tell you, I read this post, but it sounded like you were speaking in a foreign tongue. Do you absolutely have to get this thing off of there or whatever it is you are trying to do?

If it were me, I would sledgehammer the entire get-up and buy a new one- whatever it is. If I was your neighbor, I.T. would fix it for you. He fixes everything. Except my bathroom.

RCUBEs said...

My hubby was wondering if it's possible for you to just turn the battery post, not the red thing. Once loosened, then, the red thing will come off? Be careful...Blessings.

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Heart2Heart said...


My recommendation is to contact your local automobile club if you have a membership or perhaps locate a manly neighbor. Like Kurt stated, you are working with the positive cable and thus run a risk if you try to disconnect it improperly.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry....the only thing I'd know to do is call AAA and have it towed to Les Schwab! Good luck - let us know what happens!

Greg C said...

Edie next time just email me. Yes you had the correct wrench. The secret is to undo the negative post first to open the circuit so that if you do ground out the tool when you are taking the positive terminal off it won't spark. So easy a cave man can do it. Why does everyone go to a store for something so simple. I swapped my son's battery out on Sunday and it took me two minutes.

Kelly Combs said...

This post makes me appreciate my husband more. Thanks. :-)

(i.e. I have no idea.)

But looks like you are getting lots of advice from bloggy men.

LisaShaw said...

I'm sorry I had missed this post. I could not have helped but I sure would have asked my hubby. My prayers are with you dear sister on all levels.

I love you.