Battery Crew


How to Prevent Corrosion, Cracks, and Leaks in Your Car Battery

Causes of corrosion, cracks, and leaks

There can be several reasons why corrosion takes over the battery terminal. Batteries contain many components that chemically react with each other with the purpose of producing electricity. Hydrogen gas and sulfuric acid vapor are vented as part of this process. Their reaction with heat and metal causes a chemical reaction and of course, causes corrosion. At the same time, corrosion also happens due to battery leaks created by previous cracks or damage. Overcharging the battery or too much water in the battery’s electrolyte solution are also common causes. Or even if the battery is five years old or more, this is totally normal.

Tips to Prevent Corrosion in Your Car Battery

There are a few steps you can undertake for corrosion prevention. First, make sure that you perform regular maintenance checks. Checking the battery from time to time will never hurt. Maybe a good reminder would be every time you are changing the oil. Regular checkups will allow you to also spot any early corrosion formations to where you can deal with them in time. Also, never underestimate a proper charge. In case you notice there is undercharging or overcharging, corrosion is guaranteed to happen. So, talk to your mechanic to check what can be done.

Protective treatments should also be welcomed. With the use of anti-corrosion spray and brushes, you can always do this step and be confident that the battery is in order. Just make sure the battery is disconnected before doing so. Last but not least, you can apply battery grease or petroleum jelly. Coating the battery terminals is another way to avoid corrosion. Once again, remove the battery cables before applying the protective coating.

How to Avoid Cracks in Your Car Battery

Make sure your battery is always lubricated so the protective coating neutralizes salts and surface acids. Anti-corrosion spray is perfect for this. Furthermore, in those cases where a battery charger is needed, the voltage of the device with the battery must match (and have a compatible one). And in the cases where this process is not automated, make sure you are not overcharging the battery.

Safety Tips When Dealing with Car Batteries

Consequently, we also want to give you a reminder that safety should always come first. Wearing appropriate safety gear, like gloves and goggles, during maintenance should always be necessary. Handling battery acid and electrolytes should be done with care. Once you have completed your maintenance tasks, make sure you wash the gloves with water, after which you will clean your hands with soup as well. Baking soda can be your friend when you need to neutralize any acid. However, if you accidently come in direct contact, the application of lukewarm flowing water for some time should help. And as with everything, disposing of damaged or old batteries should be done carefully and responsibly.