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Old 08-13-2007, 11:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Negative Battery Cable Replacement?

How do you know when you have to replace your negative battery cable? I ask because my negative battery cable is growing crystal-fur on it and I wonder at what point it will corrode and go bad. When it goes bad where is the best place to get a new one? I called Advanced Auto and they said that, because it is a Toyota I would have to go to a dealership and that to me is the equivalent of Jerry seeing Newman after a bad day.

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Old 08-13-2007, 11:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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put some coke on it.
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How old is your truck? Chances are it's not old enough to worry about if you are posting in a 05+ forum.

As previous poster mentioned, you can poor coke on it, or even better, water; yes water.
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Old 08-13-2007, 12:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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baking soda neutralizes sulfuric acid. Use some with water and a wire brush for a shiny new connection. Any generic cable will work as a replacement when this one corrodes through in 30 years as long as it's attached to the block and the body somewhere.

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It's an '05
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put some coke on it and not cocaine, coca cola. i'm serious. it will eat the corrosion off, then just spray it off with a hose.
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As someone already suggested, baking soda/water mixture. Apply with a throwaway brush and rinse with water. Next you need to put a thin layer of vasaline or grease all over the post and cable and it will help protect the area from future buildup. Been doing it for years and works like a champ. ez
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No need to replace it. Just clean it! AutoZone has battery terminal cleaner, and also a spray protectant.

Personally, I use electrical grease from Lowes. It's made to protect electrical connections from moisture. It also improves conductivity, unlike dielectric grease. Dielectric grease should only be used to cover a connection that's already made. Don't put it between a connection.
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Obviuos and stupid, but.... disconnect the cable before cleaning. Baking soda neutralizes acid, so keep it it way from the battery.

+2 on electric grease, it will keep corrosion awy, and connections clean. NAPA, Autozone, Lowe's all have it.
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No need to replace it. Just clean it! AutoZone has battery terminal cleaner, and also a spray protectant.

Personally, I use electrical grease from Lowes. It's made to protect electrical connections from moisture. It also improves conductivity, unlike dielectric grease. Dielectric grease should only be used to cover a connection that's already made. Don't put it between a connection.
Good suggestion there, Pb, didn't know that. Man, learn something new everyday!
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wd-40 works......CRC Brakekleen works also
most people have 1 or both handy in their garage

while you are at it
take your cables loose
use a wire brush to clean both
pos & neg clamps & posts

will keep you running longer & better
no matter what

better to do now than in winter
that same buildup you see now keeps your batt
from being optimized

a little spray & brushing now
saves you big time later


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Good suggestion there, Pb, didn't know that. Man, learn something new everyday!
Yup.

"A dielectric, or electrical insulator, is a substance that is highly resistant to the flow of an electric current."

Think of it like electrical tape. Only use it overtop of the connection.
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wd-40 works......CRC Brakekleen works also
most people have 1 or both handy in their garage
Be careful with that Brakleen. It usually sprays out forcefully. Your battery is mounted near the fender and headlight. Brake cleaner is the ultimate destroyer of all things plastic and painted, which would include your headlight and the paint on your fender.
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Yup.

"A dielectric, or electrical insulator, is a substance that is highly resistant to the flow of an electric current."

Think of it like electrical tape. Only use it overtop of the connection.
DAM! I've been watching mechanics for yrs squeeze that stuff into the end of a spark plug boot and put it on the spark plug! I've even done it myself. Now I know better.
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DAM! I've been watching mechanics for yrs squeeze that stuff into the end of a spark plug boot and put it on the spark plug! I've even done it myself. Now I know better.
lol me too, i've used battery post grease to protect my battery post in previous cars, kinda purplely thing, i dunno if it dielectric or electric. I gotta check cause i'm planning on using that to prevent corrosion on my battery and cables
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