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What is the best way to clean corroded battery terminals and the clamps that connect it?

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Using a suitable container place a heaped tablespoon of common cooking 'bi-carbonate of soda' - add approx 4 cups of hot water .
Dip the battery terminals / battery clamps in and wait for the fizzing to stop.
This will neutralise and disolve the acidic deposits.
Wash off with clean water, then paint any exposed metal parts of the battery clamps with acid resistant paint.
Apply thin coating of vaseline to assembled battery terminals to resist future corrosion.

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