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auto battery acid cleanup - neg term off first and last back on.

ReverseHandedJO 10,459 1,770 November 14, 2015 at 09:38 AM
i started noticing a small concentrated rust stain on the driveway. then it recently rained and the stain is now running diagonal down the driveway. so i checked out the battery and it appears to have some seepage around the top caps. also there is some corrosion around the base of the battery on the metal shelf.

i purchased a replacement battery and have it sitting in the garage on a chair. NOT ON THE FLOOR! OMG!

i was told when i remove the current battery (leaking) to dampen the shelf area with a little water and use a paint brush to apply some baking soda/water mix and wash off. do this 3 times. i read that the baking soda will stop fizzing when its ready to wash.

let dry and install new battery.

neg term off first and last back on! O.O

so, does this sound right.

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Stains left from battery acid on concrete, brick, driveways, and sidewalks, will look like a rust stain (reddish-orange in color), but in fact they are burns caused by the acid in the battery. The Concrete Rust Remover will work effectively on these "burned" areas and remove the colored stains.
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Stains left from battery acid on concrete, brick, driveways, and sidewalks, will look like a rust stain (reddish-orange in color), but in fact they are burns caused by the acid in the battery. The Concrete Rust Remover will work effectively on these "burned" areas and remove the colored stains.
oh im not worried about the orange stain on the driveway. im one of those neighbors that the more the other neighbors do to "pretty" their house/yard, the less i do! HAHAHAHA

I pulled the battery out and the side against the inside of the fender which i couldnt see was leaking more as that side of the metal shelf was worse. i mixed up a batch of water and baking soda and slopped that on the whole metal shelf and surrounds with a paint brush and will let it sit for a little whole and then was it off. then let it air dry and spray on some of that purple spray protector.
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i started noticing a small concentrated rust stain on the driveway. then it recently rained and the stain is now running diagonal down the driveway. so i checked out the battery and it appears to have some seepage around the top caps. also there is some corrosion around the base of the battery on the metal shelf.

i purchased a replacement battery and have it sitting in the garage on a chair. NOT ON THE FLOOR! OMG! [Why not the floor is perfectly safe for batteries these days]

i was told when i remove the current battery (leaking) to dampen the shelf area with a little water and use a paint brush to apply some baking soda/water mix and wash off. do this 3 times. i read that the baking soda will stop fizzing when its ready to wash. [Yes perfectly reasonable preparation, you may also opt to repaint the areas that are currently rusty]

let dry and install new battery.

neg term off first and last back on! O.O

so, does this sound right.
Yes install the positive lead 1st.
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Yes install the positive lead 1st.
yup, i used that purple spray sealer for battery trays.

so when i took it out for a test drive it stalled 3 times with low voltage light on, but started right away. luckly i was only on the road outside the neighborhood for about 1/4th of a mile.

when i left the driveway it was reading 16 volts. it stalled at 2 stop signs in our neighborhood and right when i turned in to the driveway. when i restarted i let it idle and raised the rpms a little and let it idle some more. then i backed it out and back into the driveway backwards just in case it wasnt going to start.

then i went and got the code scanner and there were no codes, just the cat and some other stuff not ready yet due to disconnecting the battery and not driving 100 miles yet.

shortly after that i took it for a drive around the neighborhood and the voltage stayed on 15-16 volts the whole time.

tomorrow or monday im going to take it to where i got the battery and let them do a test on it to make sure it is okay.
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Quote from ReverseHandedJO View Post :
yup, i used that purple spray sealer for battery trays.

so when i took it out for a test drive it stalled 3 times with low voltage light on, but started right away. luckly i was only on the road outside the neighborhood for about 1/4th of a mile.

when i left the driveway it was reading 16 volts. it stalled at 2 stop signs in our neighborhood and right when i turned in to the driveway. when i restarted i let it idle and raised the rpms a little and let it idle some more. then i backed it out and back into the driveway backwards just in case it wasnt going to start.

then i went and got the code scanner and there were no codes, just the cat and some other stuff not ready yet due to disconnecting the battery and not driving 100 miles yet.

shortly after that i took it for a drive around the neighborhood and the voltage stayed on 15-16 volts the whole time.

tomorrow or monday im going to take it to where i got the battery and let them do a test on it to make sure it is okay.
Make sure your connections are tight and your terminals are in good shape.
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i started noticing a small concentrated rust stain on the driveway. then it recently rained and the stain is now running diagonal down the driveway. so i checked out the battery and it appears to have some seepage around the top caps. also there is some corrosion around the base of the battery on the metal shelf.

i purchased a replacement battery and have it sitting in the garage on a chair. NOT ON THE FLOOR! OMG!

i was told when i remove the current battery (leaking) to dampen the shelf area with a little water and use a paint brush to apply some baking soda/water mix and wash off. do this 3 times. i read that the baking soda will stop fizzing when its ready to wash.

let dry and install new battery.

neg term off first and last back on! O.O

so, does this sound right.
That sounds right. You could also just mix the water and soda beforehand and directly dump it over the shelf. Keep dumping until the bubbles stop. Coke products work amazingly well at this and may help you clean off that concrete as well if you rinse it right after.
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Sounds as if your alternator is overcharging. Yes it's possible and it's most likely the reason for the failure of your old battery. Get it to a parts store and have them test it.
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Most auto parts stores will test the alternator for free. Also if the alternator is found to be faulty you will already have the "CORE" which lowers the price of a new or rebuilt alternator.
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