Cleaning Battery Terminals
Terminal, Not Terminal
If your vehicle's cables aren't connecting properly to the battery, your automobile may not start when you turn the key. The problem isn't terminal (the end of your car's usable life). Rather, it may be the terminals (the points at which the cables connect to the battery). The most likely underlying problem is corrosion on the battery terminals. If this happens to your vehicle, the experienced technicians at North East Auto & Truck Service in Ocala, Florida, can help you with all your battery and auto repair needs.
What is Terminal Corrosion and What Can You Do About It?
Perhaps you're wondering exactly what terminal corrosion is. If you see a white crumbly looking substance on or around the battery terminals--which could become green or blue when wet--you're looking at corrosion. Its presence doesn't point to anything you've done wrong. It most often happens as hydrogen released from the sulfuric acid inside the battery reacts with other elements. However, the concerning part is that corrosive buildup can disrupt the flow of electrical current coming from the battery. That's what's going on when corrosion prevents your car from starting. That leads to the next question. What can you do about battery terminal corrosion? Cleaning will take care of the issue. First, make sure to protect your hands and eyes. Remember that you're dealing with acid. Disconnect the cables from the battery, beginning with the negative side. Use baking soda and water along with something abrasive (small wire brush, steel wool, or even a softer brush while applying extra pressure) to remove the corrosion. You can allow the soda and water to mix on the application or create a loose paste ahead of time. After removing the corrosion, rinse the area and allow it to dry. You can help the drying process along if desired. It's best to apply something to protect the terminals before reconnecting the cables. This may be battery terminal protective (anti-corrosive pads) or petroleum jelly. Reconnect the cables, positive first.
Your Best Choice for Auto Repair
If you're comfortable cleaning the battery terminals as described, go for it. If not, that's okay, too. Our North East Auto & Truck Service team is here to help you with that. We can also assist if you determine the problem is more serious than a minor case of corrosion. Better yet, we back our auto repair work with a warranty, and you aren't even required to make an appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome.