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Cleaning Your Car Battery Terminals

Many drivers experience difficulty starting their vehicles at some point or another. Sometimes, a major part is to blame, but most of the time this frustrating event is caused by buildup on the battery terminals.  Learning how to clean corroded car battery terminals will avoid unnecessary expenses and worry.

Make sure your car is turned off before you start cleaning the battery terminals.  If you notice any built up corrosion on your battery terminals it is time to clean them.  You should check your battery at least every 6 months.

To clean your battery terminals you will need to mix about 1 tablespoon of baking soda with a cup of water.  Take an old toothbrush and dip it into the solution.  Coat the corroded battery terminal with the solution and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

After your baking soda solution has sat on the battery terminal giving it a chance to neutralize the corroded acid on, take the toothbrush and lightly scrub the terminals. Remember to soak your brush in the baking soda solution as much as needed.

Rinse the battery and cables with cool water. Make sure all the baking soda and corrosion is washed away. Dry the battery and clamps with a clean cloth or paper towels.

Lubricate all exposed metal on battery terminals, posts and clamps with LPS 3 or petroleum jelly.

Emergency Cleaning:  Take a can of Coca Cola and pour over the battery terminals allowing it to soak for a couple of minutes.  Then rinse with water.

Tip:  Make sure and inspect your battery for cracks.  If you notice any cracks you can use a chocolate bar to form a temporary bandage and stop the leak.  Just rub the chocolate bar on the crack.  Make sure that you fill your battery up from any loss you incurred by the crack.

Just a few minutes of preventive maintenance (keeping your battery terminals clean), will help keep your car starting time and time again.

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