How do I get rid of battery corrosion on my 1998 Dodge Ram?

My dad just gave me his old truck, a 1998 Dodge Ram. While I am thrilled to get a free truck, it needs work. I'm starting with the battery, how I get rid of battery corrosion?

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Answer provided by
Shannon Martin
Answered on May 02, 2022
A free truck is always a good thing! Fixing up an older vehicle can be expensive but getting rid of battery corrosion is cheap. All it takes is some basic household supplies and a little elbow grease. Here is what you will need:
  • Baking soda
  • Rubber gloves
  • Water
  • Wire brush, paper towel, or sponge
If you are missing any supplies, you can purchase some from a local dollar store. First, make sure the truck has been sitting for at least 30 minutes to give the battery time to cool down. Then follow these steps:
  • Put on the protective rubber gloves and do not touch your face or skin once you get started
  • Remove the battery’s connecting cables from the terminal. Always remove the black cable first to avoid being shocked
  • Apply baking soda to any of the corrosive areas. Corrosive areas will have thick white or bluish-green residue
  • Add water to the baking soda
  • Once it starts to bubble, clean the affective area and the battery case
  • Attach the connecting cables back to the battery red cable first
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