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What Causes Battery Corrosion- Reasons, Replacement And Methods

What Causes Battery Corrosion- Reasons, Replacement And Methods

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Batteries have been used for decades now and they are now used for almost every portable power application. They have indulged in our lives so much that we cannot live without the comfort of having a battery now. With their wide applications, another very important thing is taking care of the batteries.

This not only enhances the experience for the users, but it also increases the life of your batteries. Due to lack of care, some batteries face many different problems, one of them is corrosion. Here we will discuss all the reasons for battery corrosion and the best method of replacing the battery.

Why do batteries corrode

Consider that you are about to go somewhere, and you are unable to start your car. This could be because of the battery. With the lack of care for the car battery, one of the most popular problems that people face is the battery corrosion. In this problem, even if the battery holds a good amount of charge, it is still unable to provide that charge because of bad terminals.

This makes the terminals have good connections thus the battery fails to deliver its purpose. Some of the reasons why battery corrosion occurs are elaborated below.

A Chemical Reaction Inside The Battery

The most popular reason for battery corrosion is that the battery emits some gases. These gases are known to cause corrosion on the terminals of the battery because these gases react with the metal of the terminals of the battery and the connection points of the wire.

Charging Issues

Another major cause of battery corrosion is the wrong method of battery charging. There can be cases where the charger that you are using for charging the battery is either overcharging the battery or it is undercharging the battery. In both cases, battery corrosion can occur.

Loose Connections

This is also one of the most popular causes of battery corrosion. Connect the battery with the thing that uses it, there might be a possibility that the battery connections are not as tight as they should be.

In this case, when the battery cranks the engine or when a lot of current passes through a loose connection, a spark can occur. Over the long-term, this can cause battery corrosion.

Leakage Of Battery Fluids

In an acid battery, if the acid of the battery leaks due to any reason and comes in contact with the battery terminal, it can cause battery corrosion.

How do you replace a corroded battery

Battery replacement is a process that you can do at home without the need of spending a lot of money on getting a professional to do this. Here we will provide you the step by step guide for doing this.

Materials Required

Protective gloves and goggles.

Old clothes or an apron.

Grease.

Cleaning brush.

Soapy water.

Dirty cloth.

Steps For Removal Of The Battery

1.Removing the battery: The first thing in replacing the corroded battery is that you remove the battery. In most of the cars and other things where a battery is used, it is fixed with some clips, you might need some appropriate tools to open those clips.

2.Cleaning the wire terminals: After you have removed the battery, the next step will be the cleaning of the wire. There are greater chances that some residue from the terminal corrosion is left on the wire terminals that attach to the battery. The best thing to do is that you clean that triennial with some soapy water and cleaning brush.

3.Protecting the battery and wire terminals: After the wire terminal is cleaned, you will have to prepare things for placing the new battery. The best practice is that you cover your battery terminals and wire terminals with an appropriate layer of grease. This will reduce the chances of battery corrosion in the future.

4.Making sure that everything is tight enough: After you have connected the battery to the terminal of the battery, you must make sure that both the wires are tightly connected to the terminals of the battery as this will reduce the chances of sparking and corrosion in the future.

How do you avoid battery corrosion

While getting a new battery after some time will not be preferable for most of the people. This is because the battery will be able to keep the charge, but it will not be able to provide adequate power to all the things.

Due to these reasons, most of the time people are looking for ways to avoid getting corrosion on their battery. Here we will discuss some ways and tips that will be helpful to avoid getting corrosion on your battery.

Regular Checkup Of The Battery And Charging Mechanism

The best practice to keep things working well is the regular checkup of the battery. For this, you can keep track of the following different things.

The gravity of the acid of the battery.

Condition of the connections of the battery.

Charger that charges the battery.

All of these checks will tell you about the condition of the battery and its charging. If you observe the presence of corrosion on the terminals of the battery. This means that either the battery is being overcharged or being undercharged. In some cases.

Protecting The Terminals Of The Battery

Protection of the battery terminals will play a major role in increasing the life of your battery terminals. There are many different ways of keeping the battery terminals safe from corrosion. The first method is to apply an adequate layer of grease on the battery terminals and the connection points of the wire.

Another thing is that whenever you see any marks of corrosion on the battery terminals, thoroughly clean that and apply grease on that terminal and wire connector.

Conclusion                    

With this abundant usage of batteries in our lives, we must take care of the batteries. This will increase the battery life. Here we discussed the reasons why the battery corrosion occurs and how you can replace your battery. Some ways of prevention of battery corrosion were also discussed here.

 

 

 

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