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How NOT to Remove Golf Cart Battery Corrosion
September 20, 2016

How NOT to Remove Golf Cart Battery Corrosion

Recently my son-in-law's electric golf cart suddenly stopped while the family was on an errand and thankfully, very close to home. He was able to get the cart back into the garage and I came over to take a look. Well, the battery terminals were covered with corrosion. It was a wonder it hadn't stopped running sooner.

Golf cart battery corrosion is the most common cause for electric golf carts to stop running. After putting on some safety gear, I carefully cleaned just the golf cart battery cables and terminals that had the most corrosion. Surprisingly, it was enough to get it going again.

With the promise of doing a more thorough golf cart battery cleaning at another time, I left (and kind'a forgot) since the golf cart kept running just fine.

Neutralize The Battery Acid

I went over to my daughter's house this week and WOW all of the batteries were clean and free of any corrosion. My son-in-law was very proud of his golf cart battery maintenance program and I was too, until I found out HOW he cleaned them. He had taken a hose and with only water sprayed the corrosion off the batteries with a high pressure nozzle.

Why is that so bad you may ask? Well, first it is important to neutralize the acid first. Plain water does not do that.

By using a mixture of baking soda and water or a battery cleaner spray you can neutralize any acid on the batteries. Use the battery cleaner spray over all of the tops and terminal posts. Let it sit for several minutes while the spray penetrates, loosens and neutralizes acid corrosion deposits.

The spray is yellow and then turns pink when it comes in contact with acid. After the acid has neutralized use a wire brush to remove the heavy deposits. You can then clean it off with a low power spray.

For more tips on Golf Cart Battery Maintenance that will improve your batteries' life expectancy and performance click here:

Golf Cart Battery Maintenance Tips for Dealing with Cables, Terminals and Corrosion

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Bill Degner

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