Once everything is back together, I spray battery terminal protector on each connection. Hello all. After reading the posts, it came back to me; when I had older cars and corrosion on the battery terminals, I used Coke (the soda) and it would dissolve the acid corrosion and help in the cleaning of the posts and cables. Also, after cleaning the car battery posts, I would coat the terminals as well as the attaching the ends of the cables with either Vaseline (don’t remember if it was clear or petroleum) or lithium grease. Here, after applying Permatex silicon dielectric grease to cleaned battery terminals on old F150, and re-clamping, measured 12.67 V across the posts, across the clamps and (-) post to alternator casing. I’ve found the best way to care for post terminal batteries is to pour the baking soda solution on the terminals and battery top, wait until it quits foaming, then rinse with hot water. These washers are available in automotive stores, right near the batteries. It is also wise to install a pair of felt washers underneath the terminals. Clean the terminals and clamps as people describe, secure the clamp, then apply grease all over the joint to keep air and moisture out.
These can be scary but are easily put out with these easy steps. Petroleum jelly is often used for cuts and wounds because it acts as a seal against oxidation, which is the same reason that people put grease on battery terminals. My ex-brother-in-law (an electrical contractor) told him to use it on battery cables that they would stay clean and it helps contact. Some people may want to use a spray-on oven cleaner product designed for use with self-cleaning ovens. Seems to me, unless the product has a conductive component, it will act as a resistance component if applied to the two conductive surfaces prior to connecting the cable on the terminal. If you applied a non-conductive grease to the post prior to connecting the wiring, it will form an insulation layer between the electric connections. It can be bought at any place that sells electric wire. The idea is to insulate the terminals from the air moisture, which will create the the salt and corrosion later on, and that could be achieved by applying the grease after making a good electric connection (by connecting a clean terminal to a clean post).
Since good terminal and cable end cleaner tools are not available anymore, I use an old pocketknife to carefully ream the cable ends to shiny metal. I then use a strip of shop cloth to clean the posts. Next, disconnect the ground terminal (neg.), then the positive. Always apply it to a clean terminal for best results. Both articles agree that grease should be applied directly on the terminal posts. Is this done after you re-attach the cables to the posts? One other thing comes to mind and that is I think I used to check the other ends of the cables (those that were attached to a “negative ground” and those that were attached to their “positive source” for corrosion build-up. The first step in cleaning an oven fire that was put out without an extinguisher involves doing basically the same thing as when a fire extinguisher has been used; which is vacuuming and wiping out any salt or baking soda that was used to put the fire out, as well as any loose, burnt food that may remain.
Bathroom remodeling is the following thing only to kitchen remodeling in names of pain, misery, dust, cost, and unmet-timetables. Regrettably a few of these bathroom re-designs result in a disaster. Add a few fresh toppings, a toasted bun and a little secret sauce, and you’ve got makings for a great tasting pan fried burger. I have been wondering about just this issue since I had to (trickle) charge my lawn tractor’s battery a few days ago, after it sat in a very cold garage all winter. Coke is good also for cleaning out battery compartments of items that use reg. Lastly, I clean the top of the battery with window cleaner and a paper towel. On an auto battery, clean the post and clamp, attach, and apply di., lith., etc., sealing the connection top and bot. Cut hole in the top and push the beginning of your yarn through. Sprinkle this on a small grease fire.