Corrosion is one of the most common reasons behind battery tray damage. Although the battery tray is usually made using a hardwearing material like metal, constant exposure to battery leaks will lead to its eventual breakdown. Once the battery tray starts leaking, battery fluid can reach the receiver drier-and that could damage your vehicle's air conditioning system. Stop battery tray damage before it spreads by regularly cleaning this component! Use the following steps to rid your battery tray of corrosive agents.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Wrench (1/2 inch)
- 10mm wrench
- 11mm wrench
- Penetrating lubricant
- Rust converter
Step 1: Prop your hood open, and locate your vehicle's battery. You should see brackets securing your battery in place.
Step 2: Using the ?-inch wrench, remove the nuts and bolts connecting the bracket to the fender well. To remove the bolts holding the bracket tab to the fender well, you will have to use a 10mm wrench.
Step 3: Disconnect your battery cables. For safety reasons, you'll have to remove the battery's negative cable before proceeding to the positive cable. Set these cables aside.
Step 4: If your battery bolts are already corroded, removing them will be difficult. To make bolt removal a bit easier, apply penetrating lubricant on the bolts. Let the lubricant set in for a few minutes.
Step 5: Using a 10mm wrench, remove the bolts securing the battery tray in place.
Step 6: Take out your battery and set it aside.
Step 7: Remove the battery tray from your car.
Step 8: Clean the battery tray's corroded parts using a rust converter. (Reminder: Be sure to wear protective eyewear like goggles, a mask, and gloves when applying the rust converter. Don't let the liquid touch any part of your body, because the rust converter is pretty hard to remove.)
Step 9: Let the rust converter dry. Once the battery tray is dry, reinstall the tray, battery, bolts, cables, and brackets in that order.