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Posted: Thu May 26, 2005 5:05 pm 
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hey all,

My EA wich i drive occasionally gets really bad corrosion on the terminals which in turn leads to s**t contact and the voltmetre goes all over the shop even when applying the brakes and such.

Whats the best solution? i was thinking cleaning the terminals and wires and then coating them with grease to stop it from building back up again?

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Posted: Thu May 26, 2005 5:07 pm 
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there is a special conductive grease you can use but I dunno what it is called ... I just tackle mine with some hot water out of my kettle every now and then!!

 

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Posted: Thu May 26, 2005 5:09 pm 
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i use hot water then a spray especially for terminals,id go get the name of it but i'm too lazy

 

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clean them down then coat them with vaseline.

 

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madmax wrote:
clean them down then coat them with vaseline.

you're still talking about battery terminals right? :P

 

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Posted: Thu May 26, 2005 6:16 pm 
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madmax wrote:
clean them down then coat them with vaseline.


Yeah thats exactly what i ended up doin! thanx guys

 

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Happy wrote:
madmax wrote:
clean them down then coat them with vaseline.

you're still talking about battery terminals right? :P


haha, I knew someone would make a comment.

 

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Posted: Thu May 26, 2005 7:29 pm 
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blackjack's got it right. But here's one tip to cleaning them. First go over them with a wire brush to get rid of the bulk of the oxide. Then follow it up with some warm water with some soda bicarb, then gloss em up with emery paper. Then coat em in any grease, that 'conductive grease' is a worthless gimmick.

First port of call would be the regulator. Then the above.
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also make sure that your connections are really tight, if its loose and rattles round it can also cause oxidation

 

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blackjack_original wrote:
corosion/oxidation is a sign of overcharging, check your regulator. they are supposed to oxidise, but not much. what hapens is yr battery is being overcharged, and in turn your acid is getting hot and evaporating, and when the vapor comes in contact with the terminals they oxidise. So yeah, check your regulator.


sorry if this is a stupid question but where is the regulator? thanx

 

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corosion/oxidation is a sign of overcharging, check your regulator. they are supposed to oxidise, but not much. what hapens is yr battery is being overcharged, and in turn your acid is getting hot and evaporating, and when the vapor comes in contact with the terminals they oxidise. So yeah, check your regulator.


sorry if this is a stupid question but where is the regulator? thanx


Thats the black box mounted in the back of the altenator.

 

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blackjack's got it right. But here's one tip to cleaning them. First go over them with a wire brush to get rid of the bulk of the oxide. Then follow it up with some warm water with some soda bicarb, then gloss em up with emery paper. Then coat em in any grease, that 'conductive grease' is a worthless gimmick.

First port of call would be the regulator. Then the above.

exactly.
my ute did it within days, so out came the wire brush, warm water with bi-carb soda mix, a bit of a scuff with emery paper, and a smear of grease, and haven't seen anything since.

 

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Happy wrote:
madmax wrote:
clean them down then coat them with vaseline.

you're still talking about battery terminals right? :P


yeh vasaline works a treat (on battery terminals) they dont corrode and it looks heaps better than that yellow crc battery terminal spray

 

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the regulator is the device that ensures that the voltage recievied by the battery from the altenator is at a steady rate and magnitude. It's the balck box on the alternator. If that's not working, you risk some serious problems via running electrical equipment under power (and making them labour) or even worse, a complete power surge, and that could blow the electrics in the car.

Also, like was stated before, make sure the terminals are tightly butted against the slugs.
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