New to Subarus and don't have a ton of experience working with cars. I've got a 94 Legacy wagon (although my problem isn't really model specific). I just got the car a few months ago. It had been running fine with no problems.
A couple days ago my car simply had no power when I turned the key. No radio, lights, nothing. After simply fidgeting with the battery cable connected to the positive terminal, the power was restored and I was able to start the car, although the engine sounded sickly. I examined the battery more closely and I found corrosion as evidenced by the two photos below:
Sorry for the gigantic images. How do you resize them? I'm copying the link from photobucket and can't find a way to reduce size (tried [IMG width=200] etc and it no longer recognized it as a photo).
So, since jiggling the cable seemed to partially resolve the problem and there is corrosion as seen above, I'm pretty sure the problem is localized to the cable. My basic question is whether there is any point trying to clean this, or if the entire thing has to be replaced. I should say it will be replaced very soon anyway, but I'm a new grad student and for the next few weeks until I get another pay check I'm more broke than I will probably ever be again (literally, I have $3 to my name right now). Also the terminal isn't looking too great. I assume that needs to be swapped out as well?
Basically, I'm wondering if it's worth trying to get a cable like this into working shaped. If not, I don't want to endanger myself driving something that will randomly lose power, and I'll just take the bus until I can properly fix this.
I should also say the PO replaced the battery about a year ago, so it should be in fairly good shape.
And since I'm thinking about battery maintenance, in the future, to prevent corrosion like this from happening, I've read that cleaning the battery well and often can prevent formation of these corrosive deposits. I've read baking soda dissolved in water will remove deposits- should I clean my battery regularly with this solution even in the absence of deposits? Or is there another cleaning agent I should use for regular maintenance?
And I've read diametrically opposing views on whether vasoline is an acceptable coating for the the battery posts. I was wondering what your opinions of that is. I could buy a special product if it is better, but if something cheap and readily available is effective, then I'm in favor of it.
Anyway, thanks for your opinions.
Edited by ttt, 14 April 2012 - 09:44 PM.
getting photo links to work