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I need to boost my 12v battery on my 2002 prius

I need to boost my 12 volt battery on my 2002 prius but i'm not able to get access to the battery. the cover that is over the battery wont come off. It has a pivot point at the top and a plug on the forward part of the cover, it also has what appears to be a screw on the rear portion of the cover. I can get the plug off but i'm not able to get the screw out. It just keeps turning when i turn it but it doesn't seem to loosen at all.

Is there a trick to getting the screw to catch and unscrew. or is it really a plug and i should just yank it out. (i'm not the first owner)

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The bolt screws into a nut. this nut is probably spinning in its housing. While trying to unscrew bolt pull up on cover to lock in nut. You might need an extra hand in doing this. USE enough force that will help lock the nut against housing but DO NOT overdo it and crack cover.

FYI there are other options which I am not keen using. your auto store sells the cigarette lighter booster cable. I am not fond of this idea due to the length of cable involved but it will help. Just let the cars sit for about 10 minutes while both are plugged in and you should be ok.

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