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Old 11-18-2013, 04:13 PM   #1
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Help with Battery Terminal corrosion and why 2000 TJ

Maybe some one could help my battery cables corroded and broke off the battery clamps, lots of green corrosion around the cable clamps (terminals) and cables. 2 things 1 I installed a wench on the front of my jeep and hooked the cables to the end of the bolts that go through the clamp that goes around the battery post. 2 nd I tow my Jeep behind my dodge pick up with the camper on and the jeep steering column will only unlock the steering wheel if the ignition is in the run position.

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Old 11-18-2013, 06:24 PM   #2
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#1 If your Jeep has to be in the run position to unlock the steering, there's something wrong with your steering interlock. The Jeep should have an "off" position right next to the "lock" position before getting to the "run" position. That "off" position should unlock the steering, and there is no voltage draw in that position.

#2 Corrosion can happen due to bad connections and/or over charging

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Old 11-20-2013, 05:30 PM   #3
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Anyone with corrosion on their battery posts? What did you do to fix it.
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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Wire brush works great...
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:22 PM   #5
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Pour some coke on it. The acid will remove the alkaline
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Old 11-20-2013, 06:36 PM   #6
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Coke or any carbonated liquid will help but the battery has sulfuric acid and the weak carbonic acid in carbonated water buffers the stronger acid

Soda water does the same without the sticky sugar mess

As it is an acid not a base you can use baking soda to somewhat neutralize the acid on the terminals

The statement that the cables have a base is completely wrong
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:04 PM   #7
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You need to maintain your Jeep. Lots of corrosion tells me that you aren't maintaining your Jeep. I open my hood every week, and I check my fluid levels, and I inspect my battery cables. If I see any corrosion or "green stuff", I clean it. If you allow it to get so bad that the corrosion breaks the cables, this is ridiculous. And, I don't mean to be mean, but it is your fault and it has absolutely nothing to do with the Jeep.

I would replace all the cables with new ones, and clean my posts thoroughly. And, learn the lesson that you need to inspect and maintain your Jeep on a weekly basis.

When the corrosion builds up, it can get between your posts and the cables, and this will cause you all sorts of electrical problems. Therefore, the instant that you see any acid build-up, clean it, before it gets between your cables and the posts.

People are amazed at my Jeep, they think it is new. It is 1997, and it still looks new, under the hood and outside the hood. Sure, I've taken it off road, but afterwards I clean it thoroughly.
If I see the slightest amount of rust, I attack it with a vengeance. There is no excuse for not taking care of your baby. There is no excuse for Jeep abuse.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:14 PM   #8
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Baking soda and hot water.
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You need to maintain your Jeep. Lots of corrosion tells me that you aren't maintaining your Jeep. I open my hood every week, and I check my fluid levels, and I inspect my battery cables. If I see any corrosion or "green stuff", I clean it. If you allow it to get so bad that the corrosion breaks the cables, this is ridiculous. And, I don't mean to be mean, but it is your fault and it has absolutely nothing to do with the Jeep. I would replace all the cables with new ones, and clean my posts thoroughly. And, learn the lesson that you need to inspect and maintain your Jeep on a weekly basis. When the corrosion builds up, it can get between your posts and the cables, and this will cause you all sorts of electrical problems. Therefore, the instant that you see any acid build-up, clean it, before it gets between your cables and the posts. People are amazed at my Jeep, they think it is new. It is 1997, and it still looks new, under the hood and outside the hood. Sure, I've taken it off road, but afterwards I clean it thoroughly. If I see the slightest amount of rust, I attack it with a vengeance. There is no excuse for not taking care of your baby. There is no excuse for Jeep abuse.
did a post get deleted? I didn't see where the OP blamed anything.....anyways..you can have problems from the soft lead terminal connectors. I found the gold plated connectors tighten better therefore keeping you from having that loose connection. I had mine corrode in under a week and figured out it was the lead connectors.
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[FONT=Times New Roman][SIZE=3]Maybe some one could help my battery cables corroded and broke off the battery clamps, lots of green corrosion around the cable clamps (terminals) and cables.
Fumes from the sulfuric acid inside the battery combines with the copper in the cables to form copper sulphate which is that blue crud that forms around the connectors.

Sealed batteries help minimize that problem. For now, go to your local auto parts store to get a battery connector cleaner which is a combination female and male wire brush cleaner. Use that to clean up the battery posts and connector. Get a set of those little red and green felt pads too, they help minimize the problem. There are protective battery connector sprays that can help reduce the problem too.
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Try those felt pads that go between the terminals and battery, along with the sealer (after a thorough cleaning) worked for me. My wench won't let me hook her to the front of the Jeep though. How'd you manage it?
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Any grease at all you can apply on the terminals for protection. I've even used wheel bearing grease. If you cover them up, there's very little room for corrosion to get in.
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did a post get deleted? I didn't see where the OP blamed anything.....anyways..you can have problems from the soft lead terminal connectors. I found the gold plated connectors tighten better therefore keeping you from having that loose connection. I had mine corrode in under a week and figured out it was the lead connectors.

It is unusual for a build up in less than a week, and this is a different problem. I was just giving a little tough love. No offense intended.
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If you live near a Walmart with an auto center, they will remove, clean, replace and seal the terminals with a redish colored spray. They sell the red & green pads and will put them on for you. <This whole thing cost less than $5. The best deal they have.

(Some people have physical issues that do not allow them to do tasks that others can easily do. Tread lightly.)
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Any grease at all you can apply on the terminals for protection. I've even used wheel bearing grease. If you cover them up, there's very little room for corrosion to get in.
Yeah, I forgot about doing that. I used to use Vasaline.
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Yeah, I forgot about doing that. I used to use Vasaline.
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If you live near a Walmart with an auto center, they will remove, clean, replace and seal the terminals with a redish colored spray. They sell the red & green pads and will put them on for you. <This whole thing cost less than $5. The best deal they have.

(Some people have physical issues that do not allow them to do tasks that others can easily do. Tread lightly.)
Good point, on all sides of the discussion. Sometimes, we Americans just run in, taking no prisoners, no casualties. My Bad. This isn't war....Yet. j/k lol.

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Any grease at all you can apply on the terminals for protection. I've even used wheel bearing grease. If you cover them up, there's very little room for corrosion to get in.
I always use a dielectric grease on any and all connections. I learned this when I had a lot of electrical trouble with my motorcycle. A tube isn't very expensive and can be found in most WalMarts or any auto parts store. I keep a tube in my saddle bags on my bike as well as my trail tool kit in my Jeep.

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