How to Clean Your Car Battery Terminals
While it’s important to keep your car washed and waxed to keep it clean looking, it’s also important to keep your car cleaned under the hood. Cleaning your Car’s Battery Terminals can help keep your Car Battery running better and longer. Car Battery Terminals that become overly dirty or corroded can keep your car from getting a proper charge that it needs to stay in working condition. If you have an old battery or a mechanical failing, that’s probably going to require intervention from an automotive specialist. But if the problem is simply that the terminals on your battery need to be cleaned, that’s something you can do yourself with a few tips from our local trusted expert mechanics at Aamco of Keller.
Keep your Car’s Battery Terminals Clean
- First and foremost, turn off your engine. While cleaning the terminals is a simple DIY project, there is still a slight risk of injury. You can avert this risk simply by making sure you have the engine turned off while you work.
- Next, loosen the nut holding your negative cable in place; you’ll likely need a wrench for this. Detach the cable from the post. Then, follow the same steps with the positive cable.
- Take just a moment to visually inspect your car battery. Specifically look for any fissures or cracks. If you see any, that means there’s a problem with your car battery that you probably won’t be able to fix on your own; more likely than not, you’re looking at the need for a battery replacement.
- You’ll also want to look at the cables and clamps themselves. Again, what you’re looking for is very obvious evidence of wear and tear. If your cables or clamps have big rips or tears, you’ll probably need to have them replaced. These things really can’t be mended.
- Assuming you don’t see any of these obvious signs of wear and tear, you’ll want to mix your cleaning solution—one tablespoon of baking soda into one cup of water. Mix ‘em up thoroughly, then dip an old toothbrush into the mixture.
- Use the toothbrush to scrub away any signs of corrosion you see on your battery terminals. Don’t be afraid to really scour thoroughly to get things squeaky clean. You may have to soak your toothbrush in the baking soda mixture a couple of times as you keep scrubbing away.
- When you finish, use a spray bottle with cool water to rinse off any residue. It is imperative to make sure all baking soda and corrosion is washed away. Then, use an old rag or towel to pat the battery and clamps completely dry.
- Use a little bit of petroleum jelly to lubricate the terminals.
- Reattach the cables to their correct terminals.
That’s the basic guide to cleaning your battery terminals—but here’s an alternate approach: If you’re on the go and don’t have access to the above supplies, see if you can find a Coca-Cola or a Pepsi somewhere, and pour it over the terminals. Let it sit for two or three minutes, then rinse your battery clean with cool water. Note: You’ll want to follow the same basic safety steps we outlined above, including turning off your engine and detaching the cables. It’s always recommended that any car maintenance be done by a qualified expert. If you have questions about cleaning your car’s battery or additional auto repair questions give Aamco of Keller a call today.
Aamco of Keller Your Local Car Battery Experts
Keeping you and your family safely on the road is important to us at AAMCO Keller. If you believe you’re facing potential issues with your car’s battery or electrical system, let one of our expert AAMCO Keller technicians correctly diagnose your vehicles issue. Stop into our shop located at 1485 S. Main St., Keller, TX 76248 or contact us today for an appointment.
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