Cleaning a Car Battery Pole.




Introduction: Cleaning a Car Battery Pole.

About: Update 12 September 2017: A very special thanks to Sam Elder, a manager here at Instructables, who tracked down the cause of my lost publications and fixed the issue. Take a bow Sam!

The negative of my wife's car battery pole is slack to touch. This is not good! It is so slack I can remove it by using 2 fingers.

Step 1: Corrosion.

As you can see the pole has significant corrosion. This needs to be removed.

Step 2: The Tool.

This brass brush is perfect for cleaning lead poles.

Step 3: Cleaning!

Carefully brushing the pole and the clamp, I made sure all surfaces were clean.

Step 4: Completion!

Using a 10mm Spanner I tightened till snug. Now the clamp is secure on the pole and the vehicle ready for the road!



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    4 Discussions

    Contact paste will only protect the connection, not the rest of the metal. Galvanic corrosion is stll an issue. Using cables with a lead clamp for the lead battery post instead of cheaper steel clamps makes a huge difference. Permatex 22058 Dielectric Tune-Up Grease is recommended by the manufacturer for your car battery terminals. I've used it on several vehicles and other equipment with 12 Volt lead-acid batteries. Zero problems with any type of corrosion or connections. Dielectric DOES NOT mean non-conductive per se, but rather polarizable. The full explanation of why it works is lenghty and technical. Always read the manufacturer's instructions!

    I can edit my posts later, i hope

    It is good to use battery contact paste to seal it. Once you have those crystals there, those will be back in no time.

    It is even no basic. Please...