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Old 23 Jan 2005, 11:19 am   #1 (permalink)
Josh Youngblood
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Should you ever clean the battery connectors/contacts? If so what with?
My car has 140K miles - 98 toyota camry ce and i know this has never
been down.

I am trying to think of as much preventitive maintenace as possible --
getting married in a couple of months and the wife will get a new car so
I gotta keep driving this

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Old 23 Jan 2005, 11:45 am   #2 (permalink)
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"Josh Youngblood" <josh@joshyoungblood.com> wrote in message
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> Should you ever clean the battery connectors/contacts? If so what with?
> My car has 140K miles - 98 toyota camry ce and i know this has never
> been down.
>
> I am trying to think of as much preventitive maintenace as possible --
> getting married in a couple of months and the wife will get a new car so
> I gotta keep driving this
>
> Thanks
> Josh


If the battery contacts are clean and not corroded, leave them alone. Maybe
make sure they are tight (use the appropriate size wrench) but do not
over-tighten.

Make sure you battery has sufficient water level (only use distilled water
if you add any). Be extremely careful when adding water to a battery and be
sure not to overfill. Overfilling may spill acid out the top of the battery
which is very harmful to you and your battery.

Some people use a weak solution of baking soda to clean corroded batteries,
but be extremely careful about this because of any of the baking soda
solution gets into the battery it will be ruined. After using a baking soda
solution, wash everything off with lots of water.


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Old 23 Jan 2005, 11:47 am   #3 (permalink)
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Mark A wrote:
> "Josh Youngblood" <josh@joshyoungblood.com> wrote in message
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>>Should you ever clean the battery connectors/contacts? If so what with?
>> My car has 140K miles - 98 toyota camry ce and i know this has never
>>been down.
>>
>>I am trying to think of as much preventitive maintenace as possible --
>>getting married in a couple of months and the wife will get a new car so
>>I gotta keep driving this
>>
>>Thanks
>>Josh

>
>
> If the battery contacts are clean and not corroded, leave them alone. Maybe
> make sure they are tight (use the appropriate size wrench) but do not
> over-tighten.
>
> Make sure you battery has sufficient water level (only use distilled water
> if you add any). Be extremely careful when adding water to a battery and be
> sure not to overfill. Overfilling may spill acid out the top of the battery
> which is very harmful to you and your battery.
>
> Some people use a weak solution of baking soda to clean corroded batteries,
> but be extremely careful about this because of any of the baking soda
> solution gets into the battery it will be ruined. After using a baking soda
> solution, wash everything off with lots of water.
>
>

Mark,
Is there something you can spray on there? I notice when I start the
car when it is cold it starts but then I Hear a brief ooomph sound.

Any idea's?
Josh
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Old 23 Jan 2005, 11:50 am   #4 (permalink)
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How old is your battery. A battery is cheaper than a battery plus tow. If
the battery is older than 5 years you might want to replace it.


"Josh Youngblood" <josh@joshyoungblood.com> wrote in message
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> Mark A wrote:
>> "Josh Youngblood" <josh@joshyoungblood.com> wrote in message
>> news:P_idnbKRkfUXQW7cRVn-oA@comcast.com...
>>
>>>Should you ever clean the battery connectors/contacts? If so what with?
>>> My car has 140K miles - 98 toyota camry ce and i know this has never
>>>been down.
>>>
>>>I am trying to think of as much preventitive maintenace as possible --
>>>getting married in a couple of months and the wife will get a new car so
>>>I gotta keep driving this
>>>
>>>Thanks
>>>Josh

>>
>>
>> If the battery contacts are clean and not corroded, leave them alone.
>> Maybe
>> make sure they are tight (use the appropriate size wrench) but do not
>> over-tighten.
>>
>> Make sure you battery has sufficient water level (only use distilled
>> water
>> if you add any). Be extremely careful when adding water to a battery and
>> be
>> sure not to overfill. Overfilling may spill acid out the top of the
>> battery
>> which is very harmful to you and your battery.
>>
>> Some people use a weak solution of baking soda to clean corroded
>> batteries,
>> but be extremely careful about this because of any of the baking soda
>> solution gets into the battery it will be ruined. After using a baking
>> soda
>> solution, wash everything off with lots of water.
>>
>>

> Mark,
> Is there something you can spray on there? I notice when I start the car
> when it is cold it starts but then I Hear a brief ooomph sound.
>
> Any idea's?
> Josh



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Old 23 Jan 2005, 11:54 am   #5 (permalink)
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"Josh Youngblood" <josh@joshyoungblood.com> wrote in message
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> Mark,
> Is there something you can spray on there? I notice when I start the
> car when it is cold it starts but then I Hear a brief ooomph sound.
>
> Any idea's?
> Josh


I don't know what that has to do with the battery, but maybe I don't
understand exactly what you are talking about. Make sure your terminals are
tight, but don't overtighten.

There are "plastic" type sprays you can on the terminals that prevents
corrosion. Some people use grease. All this does is to keep water and air
(which are necessary for corrosion) away from the terminals. But if they are
not corroded, then I would leave them alone.


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Old 23 Jan 2005, 12:00 pm   #6 (permalink)
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Mark A wrote:

> "Josh Youngblood" <josh@joshyoungblood.com> wrote in message
> news:P_idnbKRkfUXQW7cRVn-oA@comcast.com...
>
>>Should you ever clean the battery connectors/contacts? If so what with?
>> My car has 140K miles - 98 toyota camry ce and i know this has never
>>been down.
>>
>>I am trying to think of as much preventitive maintenace as possible --
>>getting married in a couple of months and the wife will get a new car so
>>I gotta keep driving this
>>
>>Thanks
>>Josh

>
>
> If the battery contacts are clean and not corroded, leave them alone. Maybe
> make sure they are tight (use the appropriate size wrench) but do not
> over-tighten.
>
> Make sure you battery has sufficient water level (only use distilled water
> if you add any). Be extremely careful when adding water to a battery and be
> sure not to overfill. Overfilling may spill acid out the top of the battery
> which is very harmful to you and your battery.
>
> Some people use a weak solution of baking soda to clean corroded batteries,
> but be extremely careful about this because of any of the baking soda
> solution gets into the battery it will be ruined. After using a baking soda
> solution, wash everything off with lots of water.


That's not good advice. The corrosion on the terminals that will cause
problems (radio and lights OK, no crank) cannot be seen. It is inside
the connectors and must be removed by taking apart the connector and
using battery terminal brushes (inside and outside wire brushes).
Tightening will not solve the problem. Reconnect using a felt ring on
top of the battery. Coat with grease (not WD-40) to seal out the air.


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Old 23 Jan 2005, 12:09 pm   #7 (permalink)
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"William W. Plummer" <William.Plummer-NO-SPAM-@alum.mit.edu> wrote in
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> > If the battery contacts are clean and not corroded, leave them alone.

Maybe
> > make sure they are tight (use the appropriate size wrench) but do not
> > over-tighten.
> >
> > Make sure you battery has sufficient water level (only use distilled

water
> > if you add any). Be extremely careful when adding water to a battery and

be
> > sure not to overfill. Overfilling may spill acid out the top of the

battery
> > which is very harmful to you and your battery.
> >
> > Some people use a weak solution of baking soda to clean corroded

batteries,
> > but be extremely careful about this because of any of the baking soda
> > solution gets into the battery it will be ruined. After using a baking

soda
> > solution, wash everything off with lots of water.

>
> That's not good advice. The corrosion on the terminals that will cause
> problems (radio and lights OK, no crank) cannot be seen. It is inside
> the connectors and must be removed by taking apart the connector and
> using battery terminal brushes (inside and outside wire brushes).
> Tightening will not solve the problem. Reconnect using a felt ring on
> top of the battery. Coat with grease (not WD-40) to seal out the air.
>

I never said that one should tighten the battery cable in order to solve a
corrosion problem. Obviously, if the terminals are corroded they need to be
removed and completely cleaned.

All nuts, bolts, and screws on a car should be properly tightened (but not
over-tightened on a battery). I have seen loose battery cables that had
absolutely no corrosion.


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Old 23 Jan 2005, 01:59 pm   #8 (permalink)
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if you see any acid crud on post and terminal, remove terminal, make a
solution of baking soda and water and dip cable terminal in solution to
neutralize acid. with a paper towel, carefully dip in solution and wipe
battery terminal. Don't let the solution drip and get inside of battery.
If battery is old, then consider replacing with new battery. Battery cost
is around $40-60. Might be cheap insurance to replace every 4 years.

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Old 23 Jan 2005, 02:36 pm   #9 (permalink)
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jjjsan wrote:

> if you see any acid crud on post and terminal, remove terminal, make a
> solution of baking soda and water and dip cable terminal in solution to
> neutralize acid. with a paper towel, carefully dip in solution and wipe
> battery terminal. Don't let the solution drip and get inside of battery.
> If battery is old, then consider replacing with new battery. Battery cost
> is around $40-60. Might be cheap insurance to replace every 4 years.


Again, you might not see the corrosion. And, the corrosion must be
removed by mechanical means, e.g., a brush.

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Old 25 Jan 2005, 09:27 pm   #10 (permalink)
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Some Toyotas come with those red foam pads around the battery terminals that
stop corrosion. They seem to work well and can be bought in auto stores,
but some people say grease and sprays work just as well.


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>> Mark,
>> Is there something you can spray on there? I notice when I start the
>> car when it is cold it starts but then I Hear a brief ooomph sound.
>>
>> Any idea's?
>> Josh

>
> I don't know what that has to do with the battery, but maybe I don't
> understand exactly what you are talking about. Make sure your terminals
> are
> tight, but don't overtighten.
>
> There are "plastic" type sprays you can on the terminals that prevents
> corrosion. Some people use grease. All this does is to keep water and air
> (which are necessary for corrosion) away from the terminals. But if they
> are
> not corroded, then I would leave them alone.
>
>



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