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Maybe one evening, you notice your vehicle’s headlights are a little dim. Or perhaps your vehicle is suddenly slow to crank. You pop the hood, and there it is: a buildup of white, green, or blue material on the battery terminals. It’s corrosion, which happens over time because of the battery’s chemical structure.
Don’t panic. It’s a common problem that’s not hard to fix. But don’t ignore it, either! Because of the essential role the battery plays in your vehicle’s starting and charging system, it must operate optimally. As car battery corrosion builds up, it can interfere with battery performance. So, let’s learn about car battery corrosion and how you can remove it safely.
Battery corrosion is a buildup of a white, blue, or greenish substance usually surrounding the battery posts, terminals, or cables. So, what causes this corrosion to form? Over time, the battery’s sulfuric acid releases small amounts of gas. When this gas contacts the metal terminals, it reacts with the oxygen in the air to form sulfuric acid crystals. These crystals then combine with moisture in the air to create that colorful powdery substance known as battery corrosion.
Battery corrosion is more than just a messy substance. It can severely affect your vehicle’s electrical system in two major ways:
We’ve explained why car battery corrosion is bad. Now let’s cover how to remove it. Before you attempt to do it yourself, remember safety first!
When it comes to cleaning a car battery, there are two popular methods: store-bought chemical cleaners or the greener, DIY method.
Not everyone has the time or the inclination to scrub away battery corrosion under the hood. That’s okay! You can always bring your vehicle to Jiffy Lube® for battery maintenance service. Trained technicians will take the following steps to thoroughly inspect your battery:
The technician will present the results of the battery inspection to you, and, as always, welcome your questions because we are committed to providing you with information so that you can make decisions about your vehicle maintenance.
NOTE: Not all services are offered at all Jiffy Lube service centers. Please call ahead or check jiffylube.com to ensure the service is available at the Jiffy Lube location near you.