Saturday, November 10, 2012

Car Preventative Maintenance

Check your car battery terminals to see if they have become corroded.

Recently my friend was leaving work and his truck wouldn't start. We looked under the hood and instantly I knew. His car battery terminals had become corroded. We took the battery down to the local auto parts store and had it checked out. The battery was just fine. He bought a wire brush for about $3 and we went back to the truck. Loaded the battery back in, scrapped off the corrosion from the terminals and the wires (the corrosion is a light blue/green and white dust that collects around the battery). And sure enough his truck started up without any problem.
 I went home and looked under my hood and I could tell my battery was starting to corrode. For $3 from Wal-Mart, I bought a battery wire brush they sell in the automotive department. Went home, put on safety glasses and then took off the cables to scrub them down. It was amazing the car was even working; the cables ends were covered in corrosion.  Cover the battery to prevent you touching anything of metal while you are removing or working around the battery.

The other thing you can do to help prevent this is once the battery cables are reattached is to apply WD-40 to the terminals. The oil will minimize the amount of oxygen, slowing down the process.

Doing a little preventative maintenance can keep you from being stranded at always the most inconvenient times.

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