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How to Prevent Battery Corrosion

Brian Bates

How to Prevent Battery Corrosion

Now that it is winter, you should probably give your car battery a look. One of the most common causes of a weakened battery is battery corrosion.

What Is Battery Corrosion?

All vehicle batteries have sulfuric acid inside that can release hydrogen gas. Once the gasses react to the atmosphere, it begins to produce corrosion. Most of the time, it can be found on the battery terminals. However, it can also spread beyond the terminals if left alone.

Not all battery corrosion is bad; a tiny bit of it is a typical symptom of wear and tear. However, battery corrosion can worsen due to extreme temperatures. That is why it is essential to check your battery and clean it off periodically throughout the year. A significant build-up of this stuff can wreak havoc on your drive.

What Does It Look Like?

If your battery has suffered from this leak, you'll notice a white, green, or blue substance around the terminals. If the corrosive material is minor, you can simply wipe it off. However, if there's too much of it, it may be too late to save your battery. When your battery has lost a significant amount of juice, it will no longer hold a proper charge. As a result, you may notice a loss of electrical power and problems starting the car. Consequently, you may need to jump-start your vehicle frequently.

What Should You Do?

To ensure you don't have major electrical problems down the line, you should regularly inspect, test, and clean your battery. Some people use a baking soda mixture to remove the corrosive matter effectively. Moreover, if you need further assistance with electrical repairs or battery replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto repair shop. Please give EAS Tire & Auto a call or visit today!

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