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My father in law is having trouble with his battery cable (positive)he can not seem to remove it from the battery (sidepost) it just keeps turning there is to cables to the positive side any solution to this problem.

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Use a screwdriver behind the cable end as its come loose and is turning ,a slight pressure on the cable end will hopefully hold it tight enough ,or a hacksaw job on the bolt head

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