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Battery corrosion

Post by mich » Tue 25 Dec, 2012 22:54

This is not really a Z related question it concerns my electric golf cart but I am calling upon the knowledge of our Electrical savvy members.
Do you know of a product that will neutralise Battery corrosion at the terminals ? This is just a temporary repair until such time that I need new batteries say 12 months down the road, the cart is at the golf club so I don’t want to remove the batteries (6) I have been told that baking soda mixed into a paste with water will do the trick. Any thoughts please
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Re: Battery corrosion

Post by gookah » Tue 25 Dec, 2012 23:10

mich wrote:This is not really a Z related question it concerns my electric golf cart but I am calling upon the knowledge of our Electrical savvy members.
Do you know of a product that will neutralise Battery corrosion at the terminals ? This is just a temporary repair until such time that I need new batteries say 12 months down the road, the cart is at the golf club so I don’t want to remove the batteries (6) I have been told that baking soda mixed into a paste with water will do the trick. Any thoughts please
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Re: Battery corrosion

Post by Fender2004 » Wed 26 Dec, 2012 10:25

vaseline works for me too :D
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Re: Battery corrosion

Post by Bonzo » Wed 26 Dec, 2012 18:46

did you hear about the newly wed guy who didn't know the difference between vaseline and putty?



















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Re: Battery corrosion

Post by mich » Wed 26 Dec, 2012 20:05

Vaseline?? I know this is a preventive but you need an Alkaline to neutralise which is what I am asking has anyone tried it??
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Re: Battery corrosion

Post by ('_')Z3 » Wed 26 Dec, 2012 20:29

Baking soda will do the trick. It's just a pain to clear up afterwards
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Re: Battery corrosion

Post by gookah » Wed 26 Dec, 2012 20:39

boiling water will get rid, then apply vaseline.
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Re: Battery corrosion

Post by Southernboy » Thu 27 Dec, 2012 04:37

The baking soda can be diluted in water...even hot water if you like. Try to make the concentration as high as possible by diluting as much as the water will effectively handle. Pour a little at a time on the affested areas and when all is done...rinse off the terminal, and coat with some vaseline, or any grease will also do.
Bes is to remove the cable from the pole to make sure you get all the acidic residue off. A fine wire or brass brush to the pole will be good too before finally rinsing the whole lot off.
Most important is to make sure the battery compartment / box is thoroughly cleaned and neutralised too. If you don't it'll eventually corrode away. I have "coated the inside of my battery box with black "rubberised" paint. That paint is often used for the underside of auto bodies / chassis and the load bins of trucks. Effective sealant and because it's really thick stuff it's durable.
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Re: Battery corrosion

Post by mich » Fri 28 Dec, 2012 04:47

Thanks Southernboy the batteries are in a plastic lined box so that will be OK, the method you mention is roughly what I thought I will give it a go and get back to you when completed I have to get a fine day as it will in the open and we have severe weather warnings. Thanks for posting :cheers
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Re: Battery corrosion

Post by mich » Mon 07 Jan, 2013 03:00

100% successful I was not expecting all the hissing etc when the soda came in contact with the acid residue but I let it do its work over night then cleaned off the dry remains (it looked one heck of a mess) and coated with clear grease and now it looks good, not a permanent fix but it will hold for a few months until I get new Batteries :D
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