How to Clean an Electrical Socket on a Car

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To clean an electrical socket on a car, spray the terminals with electric motor cleaner and use a small pick to scratch away at corrosion. Wear safety glasses when cleaning a car electrical socket to avoid getting cleaner in your eyes. Learn more about cleaning the electrical components of a car from a certified mechanic in this free video on auto repair.

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Good afternoon, my name is Tom Brintzenhofe, certified master mechanic from Redding, Pennsylvania and today we're going to talk about how to clean an electrical socket on a car. I already have this turn signal switch taken out of another vehicle. But just for demonstration purposes, it's really not that difficult. You're just going to need yourself a couple of small screwdrivers, maybe a little pick will work nice for you, that's my choice here, and a can of electric motor cleaner. It works excellent in breaking up corrosion. The easiest way to do it is stay way from your car when you're spraying this, but spray a little of this on your terminals, front and back, and take your little pick, I don't know if you can get a good shot of this or not, but all you got to do is just scrape your corrosion off. And once you get it all cleaned off there, you can take your cleaner again just wash it off a little bit. It's really not that difficult. You don't want to, it would probably be a good idea to wear a pair of safety glasses, that stuff is not good if you get it in your eyes. But once you get it all cleaned off there and washed off, go over it with a paper towel if you can, if you get a socket that's got them on the inside, these small picks will go down inside your terminal and you can pick them off pretty good. Just try not to open them up too much because then you're not going to get a good contact when you put it back together, but that's about all it is to cleaning an electrical socket on a car.

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