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    Quote Originally Posted by CableDude View Post
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    Cool, thanks guys. I'll try these out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC View Post
    Baking Powder?
    Brain fart....it happens. How about Arm and Hammer instead.

    There isn't any need to continue this silly harassment, JC..

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    Quote Originally Posted by downhill View Post

    There isn't any need to continue this silly harassment, JC..
    Harassment, your kidding right?

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    that looks like something MadDoc would use on saturday nights

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sava700 View Post
    that looks like something MadDoc would use on saturday nights

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    Clean with wired bristle brush...covering with thin layer of petroleum jelly used to be popular.
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    Exactly what I bought today. Will clean posts and connectors with it then I plan on greasing them up. Except mine was cheaper at $2.15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    covering with thin layer of petroleum jelly used to be popular.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24giovanni View Post
    Exactly what I bought today. Will clean posts and connectors with it then I plan on greasing them up. Except mine was cheaper at $2.15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24giovanni View Post
    Exactly what I bought today. Will clean posts and connectors with it then I plan on greasing them up. Except mine was cheaper at $2.15.

    Thatís what I use. If you store it with your other tools put it in a zip lock bag. The corrosion from the dirty battery terminals will migrate to the other tools over time.

    I just leave mine on the shelf and donít even store it in my tool box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24giovanni View Post
    Exactly what I bought today. Will clean posts and connectors with it then I plan on greasing them up. Except mine was cheaper at $2.15.
    I work on cars for a living,and grease on the terminals is a real pain,

    please do yourself a favor and anyone else who might ever work on your car and don't put grease

    Quote Originally Posted by YeOldeStonecat View Post
    Clean with wired bristle brush...covering with thin layer of petroleum jelly used to be popular.
    or petroleum jelly on the terminals.!

    these are very effective,cheap enough,and much easier to service the battery with

    http://www.boatersworld.com/product/199325630.htm

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    What about these since they are cheaper

    http://www.acehardware.com/sm-victor...i-1297561.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24giovanni View Post
    What about these since they are cheaper

    http://www.acehardware.com/sm-victor...i-1297561.html
    sure!

    I was just using that link as an example of the product,

    those would work fine too.

    I'm sure PEP boys or Kragen or what ever local auto parts store you use will have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post

    or petroleum jelly on the terminals.!

    these are very effective,cheap enough,and much easier to service the battery with

    http://www.boatersworld.com/product/199325630.htm
    Yeah they tidy things up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indy View Post
    Auto Zone has a battery terminal cleaner (wire brush) that you can pick up for a few bucks. Works like a charm
    ---AutoZone, as well as many others, have switched to the battery terminal/post cutter rather than the wire brush. There is usually one in the HELP section that is shaped like a bullet and can oftentimes be found in the "cheap tool" bin with "special price" of $3.99 or so. Open the capsule and you have a brush for internal and on the bottom of the capsule is the external brush. [edit]That's what you bought "yesterday" so either you were looking in HELP, AZ has decided to start carrying them again or AZ has added the messy "cheap tool" bin to their store... LOL[/edit] After cleaning the terminals, wipe a layer of Nolox or dielectric grease on it to prevent further electrolysis. Baking soda and water works to remove acid, and only removes electrolysis if you perform reverse-electrolysis my soaking the effected component in a bath of bicarbonate of soda and water, and using electrodes in the bath to energize the solution. Electric motor cleaner would work best after removing the acid with baking soda & water.

    ---if your battery is leaking acid, it is from one of two things. Either the seal was broken by neglect (E.G., no battery hold down, twisting cables to see if they're tight, loose connections causing heat, etc) or the battery has been over-charged, has swelled and has broken the seal around the post. Nothing will prevent the white powder from forming if the seal is broken. If it's green, then it's corrosion caused by electrolysis, usually two different metals contacting each other (E.G., brass or steal and lead). This is where the dielectric grease will play a major role... besides helping prevent arcing.
    Last edited by AKA3Toes; 06-24-08 at 09:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan View Post
    I work on cars for a living,and grease on the terminals is a real pain,

    please do yourself a favor and anyone else who might ever work on your car and don't put grease or petroleum jelly on the terminals.!

    these are very effective,cheap enough,and much easier to service the battery with

    http://www.boatersworld.com/product/199325630.htm
    ---Agreed, too many fools have misidentified the material on the battery terminals and thought it to be regular grease. Most oils and grease, as well as petroleum jelly conduct electricity. Dielectric grease is what is used in even the commercial electrical industry (Nolox is a popular brand) and as the name describes di=non + electric=electric, meaning... it does not* conduct. So, wiping the dielectric grease on the terminal(s) will prevent electrolysis and repel condensation. If you do, what you do get between the terminal and post, will be squeezed out so it's no big deal.

    ---The felt washers that you linked everyone to are a great help in preventing acid build up on terminals. Though they are thin and you wouldn't think felt would be a big deal, they prevent the battery from sensing the electromagnetic field in the terminals and isolate the battery, thus preventing the electrolytes from leaving the battery... sort of a screen to stop insects from traveling along with the breeze.

    ---See, the whitakers that AutoZone sells with their batteries and such, do have an use. Now, if they would only ask instead of trying to slip them under your nose, you might be inclined to purchase them.

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