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Why do you need to clean your battery terminals

The battery is the heart of your vehicle's electrical system, powering everything from the ignition to the headlights. One often overlooked aspect of battery maintenance is the condition of the battery terminals. These terminals connect the battery to the electrical system of the car, and keeping them clean is crucial for a reliable, efficient vehicle operation. 

The Importance of Clean Battery Terminals:
Battery terminals are prone to corrosion over time, primarily due to chemical reactions between the terminals and the hydrogen gas released by the battery acid. This corrosion appears as a white, ashy deposit around the terminals, which, if left unchecked, can lead to several problems. The most significant of these is increased electrical resistance, which can prevent the battery from charging properly and reduce the efficiency of your vehicle’s electrical system.

Symptoms of Corroded Battery Terminals:
The first sign of corroded battery terminals is often difficulty starting the vehicle. You might notice that the engine turns over more slowly than usual or you may experience intermittent failures when attempting to start the vehicle. Additionally, corrosion can lead to dimming headlights, weak or non-functional interior lights, and even erratic behavior of the dashboard instruments.

How Corrosion Affects Vehicle Performance:
Corrosion at the battery terminals increases the resistance within the electrical system. This can make it harder for the alternator to charge the battery and for the battery to deliver the necessary power to start the engine and run electrical components. If the battery can’t charge properly, it will eventually lose its ability to hold a charge, leading to premature battery failure.

Maintaining clean battery terminals is vital for keeping your vehicle running smoothly and efficiently. It ensures that the battery delivers optimal power to your vehicle’s electrical system, reduces the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns, and extends the life of your battery. Incorporate terminal cleaning into your regular vehicle maintenance routine to keep your car in top shape. Remember, a clean battery is a reliable battery. Give us a call and let us take care of you.

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