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The wrong way to clean ATV battery terminals

how not to clean the battery terminals

We've been having starting issues with the ATV and I thought cleaning the muddy battery terminals might fix the problem.

What I need to remember the next time is to make sure not to lose the small nut that just sits on the battery once you remove the screw that holds the wire to the battery.

I heard it bounce off the fender where it must have fallen into the grass, which means carrying in the groceries the old fashioned way until I can find a replacement nut.

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I have a large magnet that we found while cleaning out an old garage . . . I used wire ties and put it on a child's play golf club. Viola! Instant nut/bolt/whatever-else-I-drop-that's-metal finder. Got any magnets gathering dust? ;)
Comment by Julie Sun Aug 4 07:35:12 2013

I just couldn't resist.

I like the magnet idea though. Old speaker magnets are pretty good.

Comment by Eric in Japan Mon Aug 5 01:56:11 2013

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