Why do my battery terminals corrode?

Battery terminal corrosion is a common and frustrating issue that many vehicle owners encounter, which can potentially harm your automotive batteries. 

What causes battery terminals to corrode?

Battery terminals corrode as a result of chemical reactions that take place between the battery acid and the metal terminals. Factors such as humidity, extreme temperatures, and exposure to road salt or other chemicals can expedite the corrosion process.

How can I identify terminal corrosion?

There are various indicators of terminal corrosion that one should take note of. Look for visible signs such as a buildup of white or greenish-blue residue on the terminals. Additionally, you may experience performance-related problems like difficulty starting the vehicle or headlights that appear dim, which can be attributed to corroded terminals.

How can I prevent battery terminal corrosion?

Regular maintenance is the key to preventing battery terminal corrosion. Regularly inspect your battery terminals and clean them if any corrosion is detected. The use of anti-corrosion products or coatings and safeguarding the terminals from exposure to moisture and chemicals can also help minimize the occurrence of corrosion.

Should I seek professional assistance for terminal corrosion?

If severe corrosion is observed on your battery terminals or if cleaning and preventative measures do not improve battery performance, it is advisable to seek professional help. Automotive service providers have the expertise to assess the extent of the corrosion and provide effective solutions to rectify the issue and ensure optimal battery functionality.

Choose Hillside Auto Repair for the cleaning or replacement of your corroded battery terminals. We take pride in our team of highly skilled professionals who you can rely on with complete confidence. Rest assured, our experts stand behind their exceptional workmanship with an extensive 3 year/36,000 mile warranty. Entrusting your vehicle to Hillside Auto Repair guarantees that you are in the best hands to get you back on the road!