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Posted: 12/27/2003 9:55:00 PM EDT
Car mechanic tells me that he has to clean them off and wants to charge me 25.00 to do it. What the hell is it and it looks like something a steel brush can handle... any hints?
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 9:56:41 PM EDT
OMG go get a terminal cleaner.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 9:58:26 PM EDT
What does it taste like?
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 9:59:22 PM EDT
Battery terminal cleaner available at your local auto parts store, and the terminal cleaner tool.  10 minutes, and they'll be good to go.  Make sure you rinse all the goop off before you get to scrubbin on the terminals.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:02:01 PM EDT
it's corrosion, and you can get a $5 tool at any auto-parts store to clean it yourself.  Coat with vaseline when you're done & it won't happen again.

Do you know how to put gas in the car & which pedal makes it go & which one makes it stop?
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:03:58 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Tras:
OMG go get a terminal cleaner.
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But will it leave a mark?
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:04:00 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:04:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
What does it taste like?
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lol

Its just battery crap.  whip it off and get some battery jelly for thge posts.  OR vasaline

SGtar15
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:05:11 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/27/2003 10:07:48 PM EDT by Gunslinger808]
Hell, just pour Coca Cola on it, let it sit for a couple of minutes, and rinse off with water.
If it's really caked on repeat and use a toothbrush.
Also check the water level, it's probably low.
Use proper eye protection any time you work around a car battery!

Edited to reflect AZ K9  beat me to it.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:05:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
What does it taste like?
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[ralph wiggum]"tastes like burning"[/ralph wiggum]
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:05:53 PM EDT
[b]Do you know how to put gas in the car & which pedal makes it go & which one makes it stop?
[/b]

[LOLabove]
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:07:06 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/27/2003 10:09:37 PM EDT by Lumpy223]
It is a form of corrosion. This can be cleaned off fairly easy using a terminal cleaner from an auto parts store. Another way to do it is to make up a thick paste of baking soda and water and apply it, this will eat away the corrosion (some scraping may still be required).

This corrosion can be caustic to the eyes so be carefull. Either way, it needs to be removed as it will eventually interfere with the contact between the terminal and the cable. Once they loose contact, the car wont start.

If you do the job yourself (which I recommend, it is very simple) take care not to short out the battary. My dad was cleaning some posts one year and dropped a wrench. The wrench apparently shorted the battary because it exploded in his face. It was scary as hell. He got a bunch of cuts on his face that made it look like he went through a windshield.

It is a minor and easy job to clean it up but use some caution.

EDITED to say....Good grief you guys are fast. One response when I started typing and 9 more before I finished.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:08:20 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DrFrige:
Originally Posted By DzlBenz:
What does it taste like?
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[ralph wiggum]"tastes like burning"[/ralph wiggum]
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Niiiiiiiice!
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:11:36 PM EDT
Actually, rather than editing my original post, let me clarify. I can see how I came across as some wimpy-ass Potsie Webber on this one... dont be overtired and post!!

I HAD a car mechanic that was awesome and brought my vehicles to him for tune up, oil change etc etc... Was worth it to me to bring it in rather than time wise for me to mess with it.

This new guy itemizes EVERY single detail and treats this battery corrosion as some sort of nuclear toxin and how a 'qualified' technician can handle this.

I have seen my dad clean off this crap all the time when i was a kid, and thought no big deal. This guy was like "OH NO, YOU HAVE TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL HERE" So I was wondering WTF?
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:14:06 PM EDT
It just astonishes me that this would be an issue for someone who works on cars (enough to charge you for it.)
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:15:52 PM EDT
It astonishes me that you work on electrical appliances and seem befuddled here.

(No offense implied.)
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:16:08 PM EDT
The same type of people that now charge a $2.00 "oil disposal" fee.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:16:38 PM EDT
The mech, probably has to pay for his Snap-on's some how.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:19:45 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/27/2003 10:20:18 PM EDT by Lazyshooter]
If your car still starts, don't worry about it.[:D]  Just scrape the most off and don't get any of it on the car paint.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:23:31 PM EDT
[b]Q: What is that white CRAP on my car battery posts??[/b]

A: The lead in the battery post and clamp reacts with the sulphuric acid electrolyte inside the battery to form lead sulphate.

Interestingly, the quality of the battery has an effect on how much of this crap appears. Batteries with a good seal between the terminal post and battery case tend to have very little corrosion. IMO, the best battery brands in this regard are AC Delco, DEKA/East Penn, Interstate and Trojan.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 10:25:11 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Tras:
It astonishes me that you work on electrical appliances and seem befuddled here.

(No offense implied.)
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No. I am not befuddled... well, I am in a way on how this technician was acting in a way that maybe I was missing something on the "handling" of the battery crap. I thought it was something simple...which it is. This mechanic wanted to charge me 25.00 to do something that was commonplace.

Kinda like me charging a customer to clean a refrigerator drain pan for 25.00 and telling them "NO, you have to handle it a certain way. Only I know how to do it because you can screw the refrigerator up"

understand now why I asked?
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 11:03:48 PM EDT
I just pour hot water on it (a slow trickle) until its gone....Even cheaper than coke or baking soda.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 11:11:26 PM EDT
baking soda mixed with water drizzled over the terminal posts. i've never tried a paste like Lumpy said, i've always made mine runnier. either way should work fine though
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 11:35:54 PM EDT
Doesn't the vaseline run off if it gets too hot?  I hadn't heard of that trick.  In Alaska, battery power is of utmost importance.  Not knowing any better, I buy clean the posts well, then hit them with the batter terminal protectant spray, and use those felt anticorrosion rings.  On other batteries I just use some of this anticorrosion gunk I got for anti-corrosion use on ground connections.
Link Posted: 12/27/2003 11:53:36 PM EDT
Baking soda nd water are great - just don't let it get into the battery itself if the battery isn't sealed.  I'tll make the cells it gets into go dead.
Link Posted: 12/28/2003 12:30:07 AM EDT
Battery corossion.  Usually happens at some point (well, I haven't seen it on the GM terminals, just normal ones, clamp type).

I got sick and tired of cleaning battery terminals on the equipment (tractors).  The right way is to take the battery out, scrub it down and put it back.... heck, I only got 3 years at best with the tractor batteries.  Usually ran out of fluid or some other BS.  That's why I ended up purchasing Optima batteries.  Yes, they are expensive.  I've got one that is pushing 7 years now....

No corrosion, no water, no acid to worry about.  
Link Posted: 12/28/2003 12:56:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2003 1:26:46 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2003 9:54:01 PM EDT by AK_Mike]
Originally Posted By Kaliburz:
That's why I ended up purchasing Optima batteries.  Yes, they are expensive.  I've got one that is pushing 7 years now....

No corrosion, no water, no acid to worry about.  
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Can also be stored/used in non vertical positions, have a great charge to bulk ratio, handles cold better...
Link Posted: 12/28/2003 1:28:14 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DrFrige:
...I have seen my dad clean off this crap all the time when i was a kid, and thought no big deal. This guy was like "OH NO, YOU HAVE TO BE EXTREMELY CAREFUL HERE" So I was wondering WTF?
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Time to find a new mechanic, before this one screws you.
Link Posted: 12/28/2003 2:29:17 AM EDT
Buy one of these:
[img]http://hartwellinternational.com/staticpages/%21images/battmetalwirebrush_01.jpg[/img]

Buy some of this crap (it's no good for drinking, that's for sure):
[img]http://www.vanillacokefans.com/vcleft.jpg[/img]

Buy some of this:
[img]http://www.armandhammer.com/images/historic.gif[/img]

Pour the coke on the battery and posts. Let it fizz. Pour the baking soda over the battery and posts. Let it fizz.

Rinse it off with clean water.

Remove the battery post clamps.

Clean the battery post and battery post clamps with the battery cleaning tool.

Buy a can of this:
[img]http://www.powerstridebattery.com/store/images/NCP-2%20Spray.jpg[/img]

Buy a couple of these:
[img]http://www.powerstridebattery.com/store/images/NCO%20Pad%20Set.jpg[/img]

After the batter post and the clamps are SHINEY clean spray the protectant over them.
Place the pads on the posts BEFORE placing the clamps back in place.
After tighting the clamps back up spray the posts and clamps one more time.

You will never have any corrosion after that, unless your batter is a piece of shit non-maintenance free.

If you buy one of the Optima batteries you will never have to worry about corrosion again.
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