Clean Car Battery Terminals

10 DIY Steps to Clean Your Car Battery Terminals

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One of the reason your car may not start can be as a result of corroded battery terminals. If your battery terminals have corroded, it can hinder the free flow of power from the battery to other parts of the car. To improve contacts between the terminals, you should clean the battery terminals.

When you clean the battery terminals, you will be able to remove all kinds of stuffs that have built up beside the terminals, preventing the power cables from getting in contact. While you can get a professional auto mechanic to help clean the battery terminals, you can also follow simple DIY steps to get the job done.

Well, the following entails simple DIY steps to clean your battery terminals.

Things Needed

  • Gloves
  • Cool Water
  • Paper towels
  • Baking Soda
  • Hot Water
  • Wrench to remove battery terminals from battery (for the thorough method)
  • Wire brush OR battery terminal cleaning brush (for the thorough method
  • Toothbrush or wire brush (don’t need this if you have a battery terminal cleaner)

DIY Steps to Clean Your Battery Terminals

  1. Put your gloves on!
  2. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with one pint of hot water and mix thoroughly
  3. Pour the mixture right over your terminals. Don’t worry about getting it in the car or on the battery – it’s safe.
  4. Let the mixture sit for a little. It will fizz and bubble – that’s OK. After a minute, start scrubbing with your toothbrush, wire brush, or battery terminal cleaner
  5. Pour cool water over the battery terminals to remove the fizzing baking soda mixture.
  6. Dry off with paper towels, and voila! If you want to be more thorough in your cleaning, move on
  7. Remove the NEGATIVE battery cable first, THEN the positive battery terminal with your wrench.
  8. Clean both the terminals and the cables with your battery terminal cleaner brush.
  9. Re-attach the POSITIVE cable, then the NEGATIVE cable
  10. Dry off with paper towels, and you’re done!

For the desperate, no-tools, rest-stop method, you will need:
• A can of Coca-Cola
• A toothbrush
• Some clean water
• Paper towels

  • Pour the can of Coke all over your terminals (for real)
  • Wait one minute, then scrub away with your toothbrush
  • Pour water over your terminals to clear them off
  • Dry them off with a paper towel – All done!

This is very easy and simple and you can do it!

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