Cleaning battery cables improve starting?


Old 09-25-06, 11:24 AM
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Cleaning battery cables improve starting?

My car has been slow to turn over last couple of days. The battery doesn't seem to have a full charge.

I noticed some crud buildup on the battery cables, could it be something as simple as cleaning them?

1996 Acura Integra
automatic transmission
150,000 miles
recent complete tune-up.
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Old 09-25-06, 01:32 PM
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Yes clean those connections use a wire brush or if you have posts on top they sell special cleaner brush. It might be other problems but it is a good start and has to be done anyway.How old is battery? 4 years is about all the life you get out of todays batterys.
Old 09-25-06, 02:27 PM
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If it still starts slow after cleaning the connections, the crud may have worked itself inside the insulation which would require replacing the cables. Peel a little insulation back to check if necessary.

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