How to Prevent Car Battery Terminals From Corroding

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Corroded terminals can kill your car's battery while it's still in its prime. If you want to keep this from happening to your battery, it just takes a couple of minutes of work a few times each year. Repeat these steps every time you get an oil change so that it will be easy to remember.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Water
  • Small dish
  • Paper towel
  • Spoon
  • Pour approximately two tablespoons of baking soda into a small dish.

  • Gradually add small amounts of water to the baking soda while stirring it with a spoon. When it becomes a fine paste, stop adding water.

  • Take the bowl of paste and a paper towel out to the car. Open the hood and remove any covers you might have on the battery or cables to expose the terminals.

  • Dip a corner of the paper towel into the paste. Use the paper towel to apply a layer of paste to both of the battery's terminals. Apply another layer of paste to the terminal connections on the battery cables.

  • Replace the battery and cable covers if there are any. Close the hood.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you don't want to do this every time you change your oil, just mark your calendar every three months so you remember.

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