Tip & How-To about Mercedes-Benz C32

Battery Maintenance For your care

  • Always keep the battery terminals clean. Simply wipe them with a mixture of baking soda and water then scrub clean with a wire brush.

  • It's also important to know that if the battery is severely overcharged or the ventilation is inadequate or the battery itself is faulty, a flammable concentration of hydrogen can remain in the cell or battery enclosure.

  • Make sure that the battery cables are tied tightly enough so that they do not move around.

  • your battery should be kept safely in a tray so that there is minimal damage to the hood.

  • the power will be drained if the cabin lights are left on for a long period of time also using the air-conditioner when the engine is in idle. Factory defects can also cause issues with the ability of the battery to maintain charge.

  • Proper safety is important when working with your battery. Make sure there are no open flames around the battery while checking it.

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starting problem

Check all thick gauge cables from the battery to ground, solenoid and starter for tightness. If you find corrosion (it's caused by leaking battery acid) on battery terminals, remove cables and clean battery posts and clamps thoroughly with a wire brush and then scrub with a mixture of 25% baking soda / 75% water on an old toothbrush dipped in the mixture. Continue adding & scrubbing with mixture until fizzing stops. When fizzing stops, the acid has been removed. Next, wash down the whole top of the battery with the mixture and hose off when fizzing stops. Keep any caps secured to the battery! Do not let baking soda mixture enter the battery. You may need to charge or jump the car to get it started again - but the battery should accept a charge for the alternator at this point and keep from draining (assuming the battery is still good).

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Are you sure you need to replace the entire cable or just replace the terminals that the cable is connected to?The terminals may be worn out and loose which leads to corrosion. Simply go to an auto parts store and buy the appropriate terminals and replace them. You can also get a wire brush to clean the cables before installing the new terminals. Also there are some corrosion protectors that help aid in corrosion.

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Fist thing to try for a quick fix would be to clean terminal posts. It's a pretty easy do-it yourself project.

To do this find where your battery is connected, remove the negative battery cable (black with a - sign) then remove the positive terminal ( red with a + sign). Clean both the terminals and cable end with a wire brush. If heavily corroded, use a paste of water and baking soda on a toothbrush to scrub then rinse off. This may bubble and foam when it comes in contact with the corrosion. After you've rinsed off any remaining baking soda, replace the positive terminal first and tighten, then replace the negative terminal and tighten.

If that doesn't solve the problem, I'd have the alternator tested and replace if necessary.

Good luck,


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First a little more clarification would be helpful in, Why do you think the cable needs replaced? If the cable is corroded at terminal connection a new connection fitting is much more simpler than cable replacement. Nonetheless, remove the negative battery cable first, then the positive. (1)Clean the corroded area's with baking soda and water mixture (you should wear eye and hand protection- battery acid will eat through clothing in a matter of minutes).Scrub gently with nylon brush -using a wire brush can cause sparks and may cause a fire from hydrogen gas escaping form battery. Flush with clean water and your ready to start the next process. (2)Assuming you will adding a new terminal connection fitting - cut off bad fitting with wire cutters or hack saw, skin back wire about ONE inch and install new cable fitting.(3) install / reconnect battery. (4) Your cars computer will be cleared of all learned shifting patterns and other feedback information. It will revert back to factory preprogrammed settings. Average cost of replacement cable clamp $3.50. New cable cost to starter +$30.00

Happy motoring.

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my positive batery cable is very corroded while driveing the other day it shut off now it will turn over but wont start

You need to replace the terminals on the battery leads and clean the terminals on the battery, baking soda and water, along with a good scrubbing with a wire brush should do it. That could also work with the cable terminals. Check the power going to the starter and starter solenoid for corrosion also.

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