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Cleaning a Car Battery

Learn how to clean a car battery with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Car breakdowns are those events that always occur at the most inconvenient times. The good news is that you have the power of prevention on your side. One of the ways you can protect your vehicle is by keeping the your car battery clean and free 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. Learn how to clean your car battery with the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Cleaning a Car Battery
Keep your car battery clear of acid and corrosion buildup with these simple instructions from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

 How to Clean a Car Battery:

1. 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 the Mechanix Wear Men’s Black Original Work Gloves to make sure no chemicals penetrate to your skin.

2. 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 Powerbult 3 Piece Wire Brush Set because of its 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand that you want the best for your vehicle. That’s why we offer a wide variety of automotive batteries and automotive accessories. You can even get your battery installed, right at your local store. For more tips and how-to’s, visit our Automotive blog.

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