Why won’t my car start? It’s a question that leaves car owners scratching their heads as it does have a number of explanations.
A foremost possibility? Your car battery may be corroded.
Battery corrosion, besides leaving an unsightly mess under the hood, hinders efficient distribution of power from the battery to the rest of your vehicle. It creates charging inconsistencies, and, more importantly, causes your battery to ultimately resist starting.
Corrosion happens when the hydrogen released from the acid in your battery (usually due to your your battery heating and cooling off) mixes with other elements in the engine bay. The mixture then settles and forms nasty mounds of grime upon the battery’s electrical connections.
This brings us to the importance of knowing how to clean battery terminals. You can do it in two ways: either seek the help of a professional mechanic or get it done yourself in your garage.
If you’re going with the latter, you better ready yourself because once you pop that hood and behold the grainy jam debilitating your battery’s full potential, the gloves are off!
Actually, scrap that—the gloves should be on. Putting on protective gloves before cleaning is a must.
A common method of cleaning battery terminals involves a mixture of baking soda (one tablespoon) and hot water (one pint). Simply pour the mixture over the terminals, then scrub away using a toothbrush after it has fizzled. Pour cold water to rinse it off, then dry the terminals using a paper towel.
Cleaning battery terminals with Coke is also an option. Same procedures apply, but instead of using the baking soda-water mixture, some people use Coca-Cola. To do this, pour a can over the terminals then, after a minute, brush until the corrosion comes off. Once done, cleanse everything with clean water. Dry the terminals using a paper towel and you’re done!
Now if these procedures on how to clean corroded battery terminals aren’t enough to make your car smoothly start again, then it may be time to have your battery checked, especially if it has been around for three to four years. Chances are, it may already be dead. Get a diagnosis and, if necessary, a replacement.
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