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Old 06-23-2007, 08:38 AM   #1
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Neutralizing Battery Acid

I think I overfilled battery and had a boil over on my new sub-floor. My battery box pan had an unknown small hole. Any tips on neutralizing the acid that leaked under u channel.Thanks Robert
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Old 06-23-2007, 08:41 AM   #2
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Bummer. Baking soda (arm and hammer stuff in a yellow box) dissolved in water. Apply repeatedly until no more bubbling or foaming, then rinse well.
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:10 AM   #3
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Bummer. Baking soda (arm and hammer stuff in a yellow box) dissolved in water. Apply repeatedly until no more bubbling or foaming, then rinse well.
Good advice! I mix the baking soda in a water glass and apply it with a clean paint brush. Wash the sides of your battery too. Keep the soda out of the cells.

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Baking soda works great, plain ole coca-cola does pretty good, too. (especially good at cleaning battery terminals.)
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:32 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the quick reply. I flushed and cleaned until no more bubbles noted, Gee this really shook me up this morning. Thankyou all, I hope all is well Robert
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Baking soda works great, plain ole coca-cola does pretty good, too. (especially good at cleaning battery terminals.)
Regular or diet? Cola products are very acidic and won't neutralize battery acid.
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I'd suggest that you re-check in a week. Battery acid will destroy plywood if not neutralized.
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Will do, I have the whole sheet sealed good but acid is some rough stuff. I unbuttoned the inner skin below compartment door and flushed good and will do again later today. I bet I dont let this happen again at any cost. Thankyou again
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Only one problem with the cola. It is corrosive to aluminum. Stick with baking soda paste.
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Wow, I didn't know that! (or I couldn't remember ) lol

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Regular or diet? Cola products are very acidic and won't neutralize battery acid.
I use Diet Dr. Pepper, there is no sugary syrup to get gooey and attract ants.
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Cleaning up batteries with Coca Cola and Pepsi!

Before windshield washers we used Coca Cola to take the first rain on the freeway grease film off of the car windshield. (There was a lot more oil on the roads then.)

The wipers would just smear the road oils so you could not even see out at night. Coca Cola would cut the oils...Just pull over, open a bottle-shake it up-and spray, run the wipers and take off.

Can you imagine what that stuff does to your body?

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Can you imagine what that stuff does to your body?

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I remember a demonstration where a rusty nail was placed in a glass of Coke overnight. The nail was stripped of rust by morning...
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Thats no worse than what happens if you place a rusty nail in a beaker of stomach acid overnight.
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