Cleaning a Car Battery
Car breakdowns are those events that always occur at the most inopportune times, but the good news is, you have the power of prevention on your side. One of the ways you can protect your vehicle is by keeping the battery clean and clear of corrosion buildup. A good rule of thumb is to perform this maintenance chore before the cold weather sets in and once a month during the summertime.
- Wells Lamont®
Neoprene Overdip Cleaning Gloves
Blain # 448880
- Duracraft Pro®
Blain # 432242
- Arm & Hammer®
Pure Baking Soda
Blain # 492405
JT-6® Multi - Purpose Grease
Blain # 012043
Battery Cleaner Spray with Acid Indicator
Blain # 564618
Blain # 048651
- Safety first! Make sure to put on a good pair of rubber gloves before you handle your battery. The amount of acid that could be built up may cause harm to your hands. We recommend Wells Lamont® Neoprene Overdip Cleaning Gloves to make sure no chemicals penetrate to your skin. Next, remove the battery with the Duracraft Pro® Adjustable Wrench.
- Once the battery is out of the vehicle, clean the entire top of the battery of dirt and oxidation using Arm & Hammer® Pure Baking Soda and a stiff wire brush. We used the Rubbermaid® Grill Brush because of it's small size and tough wire bristles. Next, spray your battery with Deka® Battery Cleaner Spray with Acid Indicator to remove any acid on the terminals and help eliminate energy loss.
- While the battery is removed from the vehicle, clean the cable clamps and terminals with the Deka® Battery Terminal Post and Clamp Cleaner to eliminate poor terminal connections which will allow your battery to charge more efficiently at start up.
- Re-install the battery in the vehicle and tighten bolts with the Duracraft Pro® Adjustable Wrench. Re-attach the clamps and cover the connections with Mystik® JT-6® Multi - Purpose Grease for a secure connection.