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How to Treat and Prevent Car Battery Corrosion Problems

Watch more How to Take Care of Your Car videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Use these tips to treat and prevent car battery corrosion problems. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Car batteries contain sulfuric acid, which is highly caustic. Wear gloves and goggles or a face shield when working with them. Step 1: Remove battery cables Remove the battery cables from the battery terminals by loosening the nut on each cable clamp. Use vice grips to remove the battery cables if there is a lot of corrosion on the battery. Tip Always remove the cable clamp from the negative terminal first. Step 2: Apply some baking soda Place some baking soda on the terminal posts. Dip a toothbrush in water and scrub the baking soda into the terminal posts and cable clamps. Dry everything with a clean, disposable, lint-free rag. Tip If the toothbrush doesn't do the trick, purchase a battery terminal cleaner brush from an auto parts store. Clean the insides of the cable clamps with the cleaner packaged with the brush. Step 3: Add some grease Place some grease or petroleum jelly on the posts, battery cables, and clamps. This will slow down the formation of corrosive deposits. Step 4: Replace the clamps Replace the positive clamp first, followed by the negative one. Cover the positive terminal with a rubber boot or plastic shield. Step 5: Check the water level Check the battery's water level every few months. Refill with distilled water to the bottom of the refill hole as needed. Don't use tap water, which will corrode the terminals. Did You Know? Americans purchase nearly 3 billion dry-cell batteries each year that power toys, cell phones, watches, laptops, and portable power tools.
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