How to Spot Battery Corrosion

Vehicle batteries keep your car started, running, and powered on the roads in Hayes. But the acid inside the battery is extremely corrosive and can wreak havoc if it gets somewhere it doesn’t belong.

To keep your car battery performing its best and avoid extensive damage, check your battery regularly for signs of corrosion. Here are a few warning signs to watch for:

Age. The average life of a car battery is 3 to 5 years, but can depend on driving conditions, the vehicle, and the battery itself. Keep track of your battery’s age so you can test it more frequently as it gets older.

Leaks. When the battery fluid is low, that is usually a sign of a leak. If there is visible fluid around your battery, bring it in to Harris Garage for an inspection and test right away.

White powder. If you see a white or light green powder on the battery, especially at the terminals, that indicates corrosion. Likely some fluid is leaking out at the terminals, causing the corrosion and white powder.

Dirty terminals. Visible debris on the battery terminals can affect the performance of your vehicle. Even if it doesn’t look like corrosion, have your battery inspected, cleaned, and tested by a certified technician.

Difficulty Starting. All of these factors can affect your ability to start your vehicle. Corrosion, leaks, and dirty connections can prevent the electricity from connecting, leading to power loss or difficulty starting your vehicle.

At the first sign of a problem with your battery, call our experienced technicians at 804.642.2440. We will inspect the battery for signs of leaks or corrosion, clean any corrosion from the car battery if possible, and test the battery for its ability to hold a charge and power your vehicle. To schedule a vehicle inspection or battery test, request an appointment online.