Will This Short A Battery?


Old 08-13-07, 07:40 AM
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Will This Short A Battery?

Isn't it wrong to clean the blue powder off a battery by pouring a baking soda solution ALL OVER THE TOP OF THE BATTERY AND TERMINALS? It seems that this would run a short through that conductive liquid and drain a portion of the power.
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Old 08-13-07, 08:23 AM
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I was taught to do it that way back when I worked in a shop. I always wondered the same thing but out of the hundreds I cleaned that way I never once had a problem.
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Baking soda, a dab of water, and when it quits sizzling scrub the terminals with an old toothbrush and then wash the mess off with plenty of water.
I usually then dry the top of the battery and posts with paper towels.

P.S. Don't use the toothbrush anymore for your teeth. LOL
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I use my sister's toothbrush

But the answer to the question is, technically it could
But it would take quite a bit of standing water
The process described is not likely to ruin the battery
And it's "healthier" for the battery to be clean
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