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Need to clean connector terminal around my battery how do i do that

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You can use a tooth brush and baking soda with some spray water to mix and wash it off with. if the terminals are orange it is to late you need to change them blue and white and green you got some time as long as you us a protector spray or grease after you clean it. the corrosion is from the connection not properly cleaned and tightened down

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A fully charged battery does not mean that its amperage output is adequate, have it tested at an auto parts store. While your problem could be battery, wiring, key switch, solenoid, starter or maybe really cold outside, best to start with simplest first, clean the battery terminals and cable connectors with a terminal brush tool and install anti-corrosion impregnated felt rings on each terminal. With the battery terminals disconnected, also unbolt and clean the solenoid and starter terminals too and re-tighten. Then find the "ground" connections from the negative battery cable to the metal chassis and from the engine to the chassis, unbolt, clean, sand clean each if necessary and reinstall. If when using a voltmeter there is any reading between the engine block and the negative terminal of the battery, installing an extra ground cable directly between the engine block and the negative battery terminal connector. When reinstalling battery terminals, install positive terminal first, place socket slightly larger than battery terminal on top of it and lightly tap to fully seat the cable connector on the battery terminal before tightening. Tighten snug enough that cable connector does not move on the battery terminal, do not over tighten. Beware of battery acid and accumulated corrosion, wear eye protection and protective gloves too and be aware that battery acid eats holes in clothing and cloth gloves. If problem persists, a DC voltmeter most useful to determine if when key turned to start, there is voltage applied to the solenoid. If yes, then to check if solenoid operates upon key turn to "start" applying voltage through solenoid to starter. If yes, and if battery amperage output tested "ok" then starter may need to be replaced.

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It's quite common for headlight connectors to become so tarnished that one or both of the filaments in the headlights is either dim or non-functional. One way to clean them up is to cut a strip of steel the same width as the terminal blades on the headlight (this is for push-on connectors; some vehicles use screw terminals) and long enough to hold conveniently, then cut a strip of Scotch-Brite about 6-8" long and the same width. Wrap and hold the Scotch-Brite around one end of the strip to make your contact cleaning device. Push it into the connector contact and pull it out several times. Repeat for each contact. Next, identify the ground wire for each headlight connector (black or green wire that connects to vehicle body metal somewhere nearby). Unscrew the ground terminal from the vehicle body and polish the terminal and the underside of the screw head, and clean the body metal in the area covered by the terminal.

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I can try to help, but it depends on the type of terminal/connector. If it's a "post type" terminal, where the lead "post" sticks out on the top or side of the battery and the connector (with the wire) is a round hole with a tightening bolt/nut through the side, try loosening the bolt further and lightly tapping the connector onto the terminal. If it is a screw in type terminal, where the terminal is the round hole on the battery, and the connector is a screw, there may be some dirt, corrosion, etc. inside the hole that will need to be cleaned out. Also, the threads of the terminal may have been stripped out if you accidentally cross-threaded the screw or tightened it too much, which is VERY easy to do with lead connections. Lead is very soft and strips out easily. Hope this helps.

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