Cleaning your vehicle’s battery

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First you will need to disconnect the positive(+ usually red) battery cable terminal. Usually 1/2″ box wrench will do but sizes and measurements differ from vehicle makers. A crescent wrench is always a sure fire bet though! Be extremely careful when disconnecting the terminal.

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Next you need to disconnect the negative(- usually black) battery terminal. Usually 1/2″ box wrench. Extra cautious now not to touch the battery cables to any exposed metal.

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Now that you have the battery disconnected, remove the entire battery from the vehicle . Now you are ready clean your battery! You may have to remove a bracket to get your battery out. This also differs from different vehicle makers. This is quite easy to remove however.

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Now your ready to clean the battery’s post’s. Use one table spoon of baking soda mixed into a cup of water as your cleaning solution. Wet the posts using a liberal amount of the solution and begin brushing the posts with your wire brush until the post is shiny and clean. Clean the positive(+) and negative(-) posts like this. This means they are well maintained. Good clean connections allow much more power to be delivered from the battery, more cranking amps.

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Also you will want to clean and maintain the battery’s cables, both positive(+ red) and negative(- black) using step 4’s directions. Just use a wire brush with some baking soda and water. You can also use sandpaper, knife, whatever can be used for scraping metal.

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Once you have all the connections clean and shiny, you are ready to reinstall the battery. Connect the negative(- black) cable to the battery first, then follow with the positive(+ red) cable.

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