Can You Use Anti-Seize on Battery Terminals?

      by Phil Borges // in Articles

In order to keep your car running properly, you need to take care of the important parts. One part that can corrode over time is your battery terminals. It's important to avoid this because if they corrode too much, it could lead to dangerous situations like a short circuit or even an explosion. You don't want any of these things happening when you're driving down the road, so here are some tips on how you can prevent corrosion at all costs. 

What can you put on battery terminals to prevent corrosion?

Rust can form when metal is in contact with air and water. The presence of one causes the other to grow. Batteries provide a perfect environment for corrosion because they contain metals that are in contact with both water and oxygen (air). It's essential to keep your battery terminals dry and periodically check them for signs of corrosion.

There are a variety of things that can work to prevent corrosion. These products are usually made of a compound that helps electrolytes avoid contact with metal, which will slow or stop the formation of rust on your battery terminals (and other parts).

Anti-seize is one option for preventing corrosion because it's easy to find and apply to your battery posts or terminals. It comes in a variety of forms, but you'll usually find it as an aerosol or paste.

You can also use other products that are made for the same purpose. These tend to be liquids that come in small containers with brushes attached to them so you can apply them directly on your battery posts and terminals before installing batteries into vehicles.

Some would use petroleum jelly, which is made of similar products as anti-seize. It will work just fine to prevent corrosion on your battery posts and terminals. There are also special greases that can be applied. As long as you use a product with the right ingredients, it will help prevent corrosion on your battery terminals.

Should you put anything on battery terminals to prevent corrosion?

Proper care and maintenance of your battery terminals will help prevent corrosion. As long as you keep things clean and dry, you shouldn't need to apply anything to the top of it (besides a thin layer of petroleum jelly).

However, if there are already signs of corrosion on your battery posts or terminals, using anti-seize can be helpful because doing so will make future cleanings easier. Simply use a wire brush to remove the corrosion and then wipe down your battery posts with an old rag that you don't mind throwing away.

Since most vehicle batteries last somewhere between three and five years, it's important to keep tabs on potentially corrosive materials around them (especially if they're in storage or in trailers).

What do you put around battery terminals?

There are several things that you can put on the terminals of a battery to stop corrosion. One of the most common things used is grease. The grease will coat the terminals, preventing anything from coming in contact with them, which could cause it to corrode more easily. You will want to look for grease that has some sort of acid inhibitor mixed into it. These types of greases are often sold as anti-oxidizers or anti-corrosives, and they're often called "anti-seize". Another thing that you can use are plastics. If you have a plastic battery protector on your battery, then there is less chance for it to corrode since the terminals would be covered by something that doesn't allow any moisture to touch them.

Is anti seize electrically conductive?

No, it is not electrically conductive. However, anti seize can flake off and get into the electrical connection point, which could cause a short circuit.

Anti seize is also an insulator when it comes to corrosion. It can prevent electrical connections from corroding, but if you apply too much anti seize, the battery could just break down due to the excess amount of material around the terminals. If you use anti-seize on your vehicle's terminals, make sure that they are not covered in the material.

When it comes to batteries, you want to make sure that they are never exposed to corrosion. Anti-seize is an excellent way of preventing electrical connections from corroding away due to humidity and other environmental factors.

In conclusion, you should use the right anti-seize for your application. There are a lot of companies that manufacture this product, so there is bound to be one that offers exactly what you need. Depending on which will work best with your battery terminal and other components, you can choose between red or gray. If in doubt about whether it will work in your application, just do a small test before using it on the entire package. It would also help to read reviews from people that have used this product in the past. This way, you can avoid unforeseen issues and get a better idea of how it works with your specific situation. You can ask your mechanic for recommendations, too. Many mechanics have been using anti-seize for many years and should know which one is best to use in your situation.

About the author, Phil Borges

Hi, I'm Phil Borges.. thanks for reading.. My wife says I can't shut up about batteries so to save my marriage I've started this blog .. where I'd be ranting about batteries! Please leave a comment if you have any questions, I'm happy to help!

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