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How to the Clean Buildup Off Your Terminals?

If you are experiencing problems when starting your vehicle, it may be your car battery terminals are corroded. Fortunately, buildup on the battery terminal is easy to remove. Here is a simple guide on how to clean crusty and corroded terminals with baking soda.

Disconnect Your Car Battery

First, make sure your car is turned off. Then, remove the negative clamp first (marked “-“) and then the positive one first (marked “+”). Avoid metal tools you are using from touching the car frame.

Make the Baking Soda Paste

Mix 6 heaping tablespoons of baking soda with as much water as needed to make a paste. Then, rub it on the battery by using a toothbrush until you get bubbles and foam. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture a couple of times as you keep scrubbing away.

Remove the Baking Sodaclean car battery terminals

Apply a little bit of water, making sure it doesn’t go through the vents to rinse off residue. Wipe the area dry using a wet rag.

Add Protection

Rub on some vaseline to slow down future corrosion.

Cover Up the Battery

Replace the positive clamp and finally, the negative one and cover the battery up. At this point, you’re finished.

More Car Battery Tips

Take advantage of this time for inspecting the battery. If you find cracks that may be leaking acid, replace the battery. Also, examine the battery cables and clamps for tears. If you find a large rip, replace this part as soon as you can.

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