How to open a stuck Maglite flashlight?

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hi i have 2 aluminum maglite flashlights i cannot remove the bottom ends to change batteries they are locked solid any suggestions i thank you in advance


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  • Karin Karin on Jun 18, 2018
    You might try squirting a small amount of WD-40 along the seam. We used to do this to get stacked metal garbage cans apart to sell at a hardware store where I worked.

  • WD40 should loosen it and a pair of channel locks or pliers should do the trick.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 18, 2018
    Chances are the batteries have leaked and corroded the metals together... try the WD-40... but you may not be able to clean out the battery compartment well enough to save the flash light ( we tried to save one of ours... and we did.... but... the new LED flash lights are a lot brighter.... that we really don't use the Maglite at all.

  • Humpy Humpy on Jun 18, 2018
    will try wd40 though it seems unlikely thank you all

  • Missy Burch Missy Burch on Jun 18, 2018
    Agree with WD 40. It works for stuff like this.

  • Sandy Sandy on Jun 18, 2018
    the batteries are probably corroded I'd call the maglite mfg.

  • Gingersnap Gingersnap on Jul 24, 2020

    I've tried everything WD40 a thicker oil two vice grips 10 people it will not come off there's no corrosion or anything I just can't get the end of it off it's like froze

    I've even tried tapping the end of it on concrete it's froze somebody told me gasoline is that true

  • Gingersnap Gingersnap on Jul 24, 2020

    How do I unscrew the end of my flashlight it's frozen I've tried everything WD40 thicker oil vice grips everything will gasoline help

  • Pat Pat on Jul 24, 2020

    Wow, sounds like you have tried everything. I Just googled "Changing batteries in a Maglite flashlight". Sounds like you are trying to do it the right way...Some put the flashlight in a vise and turned it. Some gave up and bought a new one. Good luck.

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Dec 05, 2020

    Try warming the case with a hair dryer to see if the metal expansion will loosen it.