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Old 25 Jul 2011, 06:56 am
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Default Corroded battery cable

I am having the worst time with my negative battery terminal. I mean I know Dodge/Chryslers tend to have a lot of build up, but Quarterflash is reaching ridiculous levels. Literally every 2 months or so the green powdery gunk has gotten so bad that you can't really see the terminal any more and it has to be thoroughly cleaned.

This past weekend the clamp finally snapped off at the neck and I had to replace it (in 102 degree heat, no less).

Anybody have a good, effective way of at least slowing it down to maybe once a year? I've tried the felt pads but they don't really seem to do much good. I've seen some guys slather grease all over the terminals. Any other ideas?
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Old 25 Jul 2011, 08:43 am
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I use the washers and then spray the terminal with some Red film battery terminal spray.

You can buy a pair of terminal washers and the spray for about 4$ .

I never have issues with corroded terminals.
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Old 25 Jul 2011, 03:16 pm
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Yea, any decent auto store will sell a variety of different things to help reduce corrosion build up.
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Old 25 Jul 2011, 05:15 pm
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Default Re: Corroded battery cable

I use marine grade brass clamps with dielectric grease.
Seems to work great
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Old 25 Jul 2011, 10:50 pm
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Of the 3 Cruisers I have owned, only one had that problem. And it was the thin double ring design clamp. I had a heck of a time keeping it clean.....neglected it once!
ZAP!
SHORTED OFF!

Lucky my 5-Star dealer was able on braze on a heavier terminal clamp.
No problem after that.


If you have that thin, double ring design clamp, you may want to change it out.
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Old 26 Jul 2011, 11:25 am
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Thanks all. Since I've already tried the washers, look like the red spray grease is my next thing to try. Or maybe both...
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I use a thin coat of bearing grease after a thourough cleaning--seems to work
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Old 26 Jul 2011, 08:24 pm
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BTW - be careful cleaning off the corrosion.
This is an acid salt. Simple brushing can flick some flecks of the acid salt in you eyes, or simply on your skin......wher the moisture will reconstitute acid.

What I have done is mix a little baking soda in a plastic bowl with with tap water, a pour it over the area of corrosion. (foams up and dissolves the salts) Then rinse well with plain water.
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