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Re: [T3] 6v battery shorted out? (BATTERY ACID)

On 2 Mar 2004 at 19:53, Robert Carpenter wrote:

> i keep having the (white fuzz like acid) return on my
> battery straps !!

It's common practice (but definitely a bad one) to install battery cables by 
tapping them on with a hammer. This breaks the fragile bond between the battery 
post and the plastic case. From this point on there will always be a certain 
amount of seepage of acid up the post which will corrode the cables.

The best fix is to replace the battery. Remove the cables and soak them in 
baking soda and water until they completely stop fizzing, and then spread the 
ends with a large screwdriver and gently clamp them on the new battery post. Be 
careful not to exert too much torque on the post when you tighten the clamp.

The replacement cable ends that just clamp on the end of your old wires will 
lose good contact and let you down in about 1 year. There's nothing out there 
that you can buy that is better than an original cable and clamp. Take good 
care of yours and they will last forever.

Jim Adney, jadney@vwtype3.org
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

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