How to Clean Your Car Battery Terminal

Battery Cell It’s possible you may vacuum the inside of your car or wax the outside to keep it looking clean and fresh. Did you know there’s something that can be done under the hood to keep your car clean? We’re speaking more specifically about the battery.

The battery may be what gets your engine going, but when the battery terminals are covered in corrosion, you might not get very far in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, or South Valley. Jaguar Albuquerque is here to ensure you get the most out of your car battery life.

Ridding Your Battery of Corrosion

It’s important to rid your battery of corrosion, as it can lead to trouble starting the car. You want to make sure you can avoid unnecessary battery repair or replacement as long as possible. Cleaning the terminals is a pretty easy step that can be taken.

Make sure the car is turned off before you begin this process. Loosen the negative cable clamp, then do the same for the positive side. Inspect the battery to see if there may be any leaks. If you see leaking acid, that’s a sign it’s time to replace the battery as soon as possible.

Using safety goggles and gloves, mix a tablespoon of baking soda with hot water. Stir the solution to create a paste. Using an old toothbrush, apply some of the paste and scrub around the terminal. You may hear a sizzling noise as the baking soda reacts to the corroded terminals. Rinse down the clamp and terminals with a spray bottle filled with water, then dry each terminal and clamp with a soft, dry cloth.

When you’re done, reattach the clamp to the positive terminal, then the negative one. The terminal covers should be replaced, and then you can close the hood. It’s that easy.

Testing Car Battery Voltage

Battery Multimeter Another maintenance item you can handle in the comfort of your own home is testing car battery voltage. You may be wondering, “How do I test a car battery?” You will need to acquire a digital voltmeter, which can be picked up at a local auto parts store.

Open up the hood to find the battery. Use your owner’s manual if you’re not sure where to look. Connect the positive lead to the positive terminal of the battery. Both of them will have a “+” symbol. Do the same for the negative, which will have a “-“ on them. The voltmeter reading should be around 12.45 volts, no more than 12.7. If the reading is below this range, it could be time to have the battery replaced.

Keep Your Car Battery Healthy

There are a few ways to keep your car battery from becoming corroded, and this article has hopefully provided you with some key tips on how to do so. If you have any questions about keeping your car battery clean, contact Jaguar Albuquerque today.

If it is indeed time to have your battery replaced, schedule service with us, and we’ll have you back on the roads of Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley in no time.