How to Clean a Car Battery Terminal

Replacing Car Battery

The battery inside your car is a vital vehicle component. Ensure safe driving through Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland by bringing your vehicle into our service center at Nissan of Mobile for a battery terminal cleaning.

How is this process done? Keep reading the sections below to discover how to clean a car battery terminal.

What Exactly Is a Car Battery Terminal?

Car Battery Terminal

Whether it’s your electric toothbrush, the television remote, or your daughter’s dollhouse, batteries are used to power numerous parts of everyday life. Powering up your car is no different.

Just as you can’t change the channel if your remote’s batteries don’t work, you can’t drive cars if their batteries don’t work, either. One way to ensure that your vehicle’s battery is in working order is by maintaining the components surrounding it. 

One of these components is called a terminal, which is used to connect a load or charger to the car’s battery. In the following section, we’ll explain how to clean the battery terminals and get your car back in tip-top shape.

Cleaning a Car Battery Terminal

When you bring your car into our service center for a battery terminal cleaning, our auto technicians will thoroughly go through all the steps necessary to provide a proper cleaning. Here’s how they do it:

  1. Locate the Battery: Generally, you’ll find the battery underneath the hood of the car, either on the right or left side.
  2. Lift the Terminal Covers: The plastic cover protecting the battery must be removed in order to access additional parts of the terminal. If any residue or build-up is visible, our technicians will clear it out of the way first.
  3. Disconnect the Car Battery: Once the battery is exposed, it’ll need to be disconnected. Loosening both the negative and positive clamps holding the battery together allows for easy removal.
  4. Clean, Rinse, & Reconnect: Once the battery is removed, the cleaning process can begin. Using a specific cleaning solution, all residue and rust will be removed. Afterwards, the terminal will be dried, battery replaced, and clamps tightened.

That’s all there is to it! Also, while this service can be performed at home, we recommend bringing your car into our service center for the best results.

Benefits of a Clean Car Battery Terminal

Cleaning Car Battery Terminal

Why is it important to bring your vehicle in for a battery terminal cleaning?

For starters, a dirty terminal can lead to a malfunctioning battery. This can cause issues with your car, or even prevent it from starting. Many lead acid batteries are prone to corrosion, and a good cleaning is the best way to remove this buildup.

Furthermore, car batteries are more prone to damage during the colder months. That being said, the winter season is a great time to have the battery terminal inspected and cleaned.

Even if you don’t notice any visible malfunctions with your vehicle’s battery, a service appointment could prevent you from getting into a sticky situation later on down the line.

Schedule a Service Appointment Today

Safe driving around the Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland areas is only possible when your car is up to date on its regularly scheduled maintenance.

Get your car back in tip-top shape today by scheduling an appointment with the service center at Nissan of Mobile. We hope to see you soon!