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Explorer will not start. Corroded cables

1997 Ford Explorer - would not start. Tow truck driver reached under the truck - and it started. He said corroded cables. I find only 1 cables that looks corroded. It is under the car on the Passenger's side. Is it a ground?

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If it is the black cable running up to the battery it is the the main ground. I would go to your local auto parts store and pick up a battery terminal cleaner there are different types. There is also a kit with two small spray cans one has a cleaner the other is a paint to protect from future corroision. I had this problem about a year and a have ago and after using the kit no problem so far. Good Luck

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Clean the posts with a solution of 1 part baking soda, 1 part warm water. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the corrosion away. The solution will fizzle when you mix it with the corrosion, this is normal and fine. Just scrub it clean.

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