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Wire brushing

how to clean a golf cart battery?

This small wire brush is prefect for cleaning gunked up battery acid.

We had a problem earlier in the week that I'm pretty sure was due to an intermittent connection at this point which seemed to correct itself the next day when it got warmer.

At least that's my best guess.

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The wihte stuff on the terminals is lead sulfate, which is toxic by inhalation, ingestion and skin contact.

You can use a solution of baking soda to clean the terminals. Then apply some petroleum jelly to prevent further corrosion.

Comment by Roland_Smith Sat Oct 20 06:26:32 2012

If you have a can of regular coke, you can pour it on your terminals and it will clean them. There also good round terminal wire brushes that do a great job and don't throw as much gunk in the air.

And as for the intermitant lack of starting, also look for the ground connection coming from the battery to the frame or some metal portion of the car. I'd never heard of this and even replaced a battery before learning this lesson about the battery cables and shorts.

Comment by gdubya Sat Oct 20 07:12:16 2012

Roland-You make a good point about inhalation/ingestion hazards when doing this kind of brushing. A simple dust mask and some safety glasses would help to make that operation safer.

gdubya-I quite drinking sodas about the same time we moved to the farm.Thanks for passing on your ground wire experience. That's one area I have neglected and will locate that spot on the frame and start checking it.

Comment by mark Sat Oct 20 10:03:01 2012

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