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What are some problems that can happen with battery cable connectors?

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One problem that can happen with battery cable connectors is corrosion developing on the battery terminals, which can cause the transmission to fail. Most transmissions operate using a computer system that draws its power from the battery. Cleaning or replacing the terminals or cables usually solves this problem.

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Corrosion on battery terminals resembles discolored sand, but the material can be cleaned away. Before cleaning, the terminals must be disconnected from the battery one at a time. The proper removal order is the black (negative) post first and then the red (positive) post. Scrubbing the corrosion using a metal wire brush and a baking soda and water paste until the metal posts are shining enables the cable connectors to function correctly.

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