Corrosion Off a Car Battery.





Introduction: Corrosion Off a Car Battery.

Here is a easy way to clean corrosion off a car battery......

(NOTE: You may never drink pop again!)

Step 1: What You Need....

1. A corroded car battery
2. A can of pop.


Step 2: What You Need to Do....

Pour the pop on both battery posts, and wait 5 min.

Here is the video to see how:



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    For all you folks worried about getting a fatal shock off the 12-volt car battery (the following from Wikipedia):
    The minimum current a human can feel depends on the current type (AC or DC) and frequency. A person can feel at least 1 mA (rms) of AC at 60 Hz, while at least 5 mA for DC. The current may, if it is high enough, cause tissue damage or fibrillation which leads to cardiac arrest. 60 mA of AC (rms, 60 Hz) or 300–500 mA of DC can cause fibrillation.

    Additionally, from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health:
    Under dry conditions, the resistance offered by the human body may be as high as 100,000 Ohms. Wet or broken skin may drop the body's resistance to 1,000 Ohms.

    Ohm's law (basic electricity) tells us: current = voltage / resistance. Using the above numbers, this makes current = 12 / 1000 (wet or broken skin). This results in a current of 12 mA (0.012 Amps). You'll feel it, but it is a LONG way from killing you. With normal, dry skin, current = 12 / 100,000; a current of 0.12 mA (120 µA, or 0.00012 Amps).

    Seems pretty safe to me, just don't suck on the battery cables.

    Baking soda and water to the consistency of a paste smeared on the terminals gets the corrosion off and in a pinch Vasaline smeared on the post and terminals keeps them clean, also most auto parts stores sell the felt pads which works fine..

    Your video has been removed :-(

    Can you repost it? Thanks.

    Uhhhhhh ... as a fellow bug owner (mine is a 1971 standard bug, not super, and also yellow like yours) ....

    1. I probably would have taken the battery out of the car first, no matter what method I used.
    2. Soda isn't the best cleaning agent. The carbonation and acid will remove surface corrosion, but you're also inviting future corrosion (and a sticky mess). A toothbrush dipped in a super concentrated solution of hot water & baking soda is a good option, or if it's REALLY bad, start with a wire brush - GENTLY.
    3. I would be hesitant to spread any type of petroleum products on the terminals that was not meant for an electrical situation. Dielectric grease (the same stuff you would use to lube the horn contact ring that rotates against the terminals in the steering column in your bug) would seem safer ... it's a grease, but it's designed to be conductive, and designed to be used in electrical situations.

    Personally, I wouldn't bother spreading ANYTHING on my terminals ... it took THAT long to build up, so I would just add checking the battery terminals to your regular six month or twelve month checklist. You know as well as anyone else with a classic bug that these cars are super reliable, as long as you keep up with the HUNDRED BILLION tiny irritant maintenance checks they require.

    Other than all that, I heart your bug. I never was huge on the Super Beetles (hence why mine is a 1300 / standard), but 1973 was the only model year I would have considered owning. Plus, yours is the right color :-)

    ._. uh boiled tap water? i talked with my auto shop teacher he said that's a dumb idea since that would kill the battery

    Ordinary Boiled  Tap Water   !!   its free  

    thanks people. the comments are easily worth as much as the article. I used pop on my VW a couple of months ago, and now i get a invidious black corrosion in the pos post. its gummy and has to be scraped-off after removing the cable. i bet its the sugar. i hot-soapy-watered the cable and battery. now things are great. a wire-brush corrodes terribly after using it on a battery. the better choice may be a 1" X 4" strip of sand-paper around a pencil, which can be discarded after one use. Does any-body know whats in the red felt donut sold by auto-stores to prevent corrosion on battery posts?

    I had a 76 superbeatle in high school & loved to take people home who didn't know about my bug.when we hit a bump they went up & shocked on the way was soooo funny !!! long live the bug!!!

    or you could just rub some petroleum jelly across both terminals, and you won't have corrosion in the first place.

    Aren't you worried about the pop seeping inside the battery?