Cleaning Your Northstar Battery
This entry was posted on March 17, 2017.
Northstar Battery Maintenance
Alright, so you have a Northstar Battery. You want to keep it in perfect condition. Great! This should be simple. These batteries require very little in the way of maintenance. However, it is always good to give them a bit of a clean from time to time. It will really help you to ensure that these batteries are in prime condition all the time.
You will know that your battery needs cleaning should one of the following occur:
- There is a fine, white powder around the terminal of the battery.
- You notice that there is a thick crust starting to develop on the terminal of the battery.
How To Clean The Battery
The first thing you are going to want to do is prepare a cleaning solution. There are several different products on the market that you can use. However, we like to keep things ‘simple’. We opt for a mixture of baking soda and water. An equal part of each should be sufficient. Mix that up.
Of course, it is important that you disconnect your battery before you start to clean it. We do not recommend that you use metal tools for this as there is the possibility that you will cause a short on the battery terminal, which can lead to some serious issues. In most cases, you should be able to undo the battery by hand. The only exception is if the corrosion is so bad, this is not possible. If you have no choice but to use metal tools, then it is important that you are careful. You do not want the metal tool to be touching both terminals at the same time. You will also want to avoid a bridge being formed between the terminal and another piece of metal.
Once you have everything safely disconnect, it is time to clean it. To do this, you are going to need to apply the cleaning solution directly to the terminal of the battery. You will notice that it starts to fizz. This is what you want. It is reacting with the corrosion. Once the fizzing has stopped, you will be able to gently tease the corrosion away with a toothbrush. If the corrosion is a bit thicker, then the better option may be to use a wire brush.
Once that is done, you can wipe the area clean. We recommend that you apply petroleum jelly to the terminal of the battery. It is not going to completely prevent corrosion in the future, but it will certainly slow it down to the point where it is not going to pose that much of an issue.
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