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Post Time- 06:02 AM Post By - davejr@shepardsautocenter.com

Cleaning your Battery

When was the last time you drove your vehicle? Has it been since before this pandemic started and since we have been asked to stay home? Well if it has before you fire up the engine of your vehicle it is a good idea to check your battery. It is probably going to require some attention and you can do that yourself in most cases. If you pop open your hood and your battery terminals are covered in green corrosion, it may cause problems for your vehicle starting. If that’s the case here is what you need to do to make sure your battery terminals are spotless:

  • Turn off your engine!
  • Loosen the nut holding your negative (-) and Positive (+) cable in place.
  • Examine your battery for any cracks and disforming of the battery itself. (If there is, you may need to replace your battery!)
  • Mix a cleaning solution like baking soda and water, it works well with cleaning the terminals without risking your health.
  • Use an old toothbrush or any old brush to scrub away any signs of corrosion you see on the positive (+) and negative (-) terminals, dipping your brush in the mixture you created often making sure your battery terminals are squeaky clean.
  • After, use a spray bottle to rinse off any residue, making sure all baking soda and corrosion are washed away completely.
  • Use a rag to dry off both terminals and residue on the battery itself. Pat dry refrain from scrubbing on the battery itself.
  • Use a lubricant like petroleum jelly or pick up a bottle of lubricate at your local parts store for battery terminals to defend it from future corrosion.
  • Finally, reattach the cables to their correct terminals.

If you clean off the battery and your vehicle still does not start, there may be a problem with your battery or other underlying issues. If jump-starting the vehicle does not work, you may need to replace the battery. If it is not your battery, you may want to reach out to a repair shop like us here at Shepard’s Automotive, we will work with you to get your vehicle back on the road as quickly as possible and ensure you will leave with a huge smile on your face.

About Shepards Automotive Center

David L. Shepard, Inc. was founded in 1978 by its namesake, David L. Shepard. Our commitment to providing exceptional automotive and marine repair service allowed us to grow immensely throughout the first decade. Shepards Automotive Center’s expanding, loyal customer base proved to be too much for our downtown waterfront space. We look forward to providing you with outstanding automotive and marine repair services.

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