How to Temporarily Clean Corroded Battery Terminals

May 10th, 2015 by

When you own a car, especially an aging one, you have to be on the lookout for little things that could lead to problems down the road. You should always ask a technician at your local auto service center to check out your vehicle for issues every time you’re in the shop for an oil change or other routine maintenance.

One of the issues that could leave you stranded, or simply annoyed, is car battery corrosion (that blue build-up). It’s a serious issue with your car, and unless you know what to look for, you’ll have to call for help. The problem is generally caused by hydrogen gases admitted from the sulfuric substance within your car’s battery. Because only a bit of the gas can escape from under the hood of your car, it tends to corrode over time.

That’s not the end of the world, but there is a simple solution to get rid of batter corrosion that could save you time and get you to a dealership service center quickly so you can get the problem fixed for good.

So the next time your car won’t start, be aware of this issue and keep this tip in mind.

Quickly Clean Car Battery Corrosion

The answer to solving your problems is life is rarely Coca-Cola, but in this situation it absolutely is the solution! (According to multiple sources, offbrand/generic soda won’t have the same effect, so make sure you’ve got the good stuff.)

All you’ve got to do is poor the Coca-Cola (preferably fresh) over the affected terminal area and let it work it’s foamy, acidic magic for a second before using a toothbrush to easily get rid of the remaining corrosion.

Now, using Coke to clean your car battery is a cool story to tell, but you can also use a homemade solution of baking soda and water to work the same magic if you don’t have any sugary soda handy.

Get Your Battery Replaced ASAP

A shop might be able to fix your battery after finding a way to stop the corrosion, but replacing it is the most surefire way to ensure you won’t face this problem again.

A new battery could run you anywhere from $150 to $300, but it’s a necessary component and not one you should procrastinate on replacing.