What should I do about a corroded battery terminal?

corroded battery terminalA corroded battery terminal can look ominous but it’s usually an easy fix. No matter what kind of car or battery you have, your terminals can become corroded over time making them poor conductors of electricity. Here’s how to handle a corroded battery terminal:

Why do battery terminals corrode?

When you see corrosion on the positive terminal, this typically means the battery may be overcharging. The residue will typically be greenish-blue or white depending on the type of metal of the terminal ends.


Read more: How to Prevent Battery Corrosion


While corrosion will not make your battery catch on fire, build-up on battery terminals can keep your car from starting.

What should I do about a corroded battery terminal?

If you’re noticing a lot of corrosion, it’s a good idea to have the battery tested. We’ll clean up the terminals before testing to make sure your battery is in tip-top shape. If it’s not working properly, we can help you diagnose the issue on the spot.

Corrosion, and the associated risks, tend to worsen as a battery gets older. It’s important to keep track of your battery’s age and keep tabs on recurring issues, like trouble starting your car, so your mechanic can make an informed decision about the battery’s health and service the part accordingly.

At V&F

If you suspect that your battery may have terminal corrosion, have the vehicle inspected by a professional technician at V&F. All of our auto repair services are backed by an industry-leading 3-year / 36,000-mile warranty on parts and labor. Call us today at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.

 

Written by Nicole Palange

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