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battery maintenance question + alternator belt maintenance question

Battery has corrosion build up (greenish stuff). saw owner's manual ...put baking soda + water on the negative side and cleaned.

question is do I need to do any thing else for the positive side...I know I'm not supposed to touch the car while cleaning it....i do not want to disconnect the terminal...it's covered with acid dust....I want to directly put the baking soda solution on it...is it safe to do so? I did it with the negative side and all was good..what about the positive side?


Plus my alternator belts are slipping upon start up only....do I need to adjust the idler pulley in order to put some tension on the belt?? if so where is the bolt located???

Please help
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Re: battery maintenance question + alternator belt maintenance question

It's never a bad idea to disconnect both battery connectors from the terminals and keep them clean. Good surface area = good continuty and you dont want your starter to work harder than it has to. A bad connection could also cause a voltage drop between the battery and starter. Voltage is proportional to amperage so as the voltage drops it has to draw more amps to start your car, more amps = more heat could cause problems worst case being fire.

You have a few options. I use a Odyssey PC1200 to crank my H22 JDM. It is a drycell/AGM battery that never corrodes because it doesn't gas. Wet-cell batteries gas when charging/discharging and that is the cause of corrosion. A cheap solution (my odyssey is close to $200) would be to goto autozone, or wherever, and get a can of battery cleaner and a can of corrosion preventative and a wire brush. Disconnect both connectors and spray them and the terminals down with the cleaner, it foams up like scrubbing bubbles. Let it sit for a few minutes and hit everything with a wire brush then put the connectors back on the terminals, tighten everything up and spray the corrosion preventative on it. Basically all the preventative does is spray on a viscous liquid that does not solidify so the corrosion has to metal no grip onto (some old school guys use vasoline but I go with the namebrand stuff for peace of mind).

Since your wet-cell battery is gassing it loses water. It would be a good idea to check the water level. As batteries are filled with a sulfric acid and water blend, the only gas hydrogen and oxygen so all you add back in is water (not more acid). Make sure you use distilled water only (not tap) and don't overfill it or it will leak.

As for the belts I would ask a friend/mechanic if they think they have the right tension. If they are tensioned correctly you might just need to hit it with some belt dressing.
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