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How quickly can a battery corrode the cables?

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That's an open question. It depends on the circumstances. Normally the cables will corrode over time and they can be cleaned. It is best to clean the top of the battery and the posts, install post gaskets (felt pads that are available at all part stores) to absorb acid and put a spray on the cables and posts to keep the cables from corroding in the future.

Posted on May 30, 2010

  • jbrackett517 May 30, 2010

    we had a complete service at the end of Jan. and the battery died yesterday.
    It had significant build up on the positive post and the service dept. said that
    the battery leaked which caused the cables too corrode. The battery was approx. 2yrs old.
    My contention is that the cables should not corrode in less than 120 days
    without being identified during a complete service 120 day ago?
    Any validity to my point?




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