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How we clean hybrid battery terminals

The hybrid battery terminal on the top has been cleaned and is as good as new compared to the corroded terminal on the bottom.The hybrid battery terminal on the top has been cleaned and is as good as new compared to the corroded terminal on the bottom.

We’ve written quite a bit about our ability to test, recondition and rebuild hybrid car batteries. Today, we’re going to show you how we clean hybrid battery terminals, which get corroded just like the terminals in a regular car battery.

Hybrid car batteries, such as those on the Toyota Prius, consist of multiple, individual battery modules. The Prius has 28; the Camry and the Avalon have 34 modules. There are copper “bus bars” that connect these modules to one another, allowing electricity to flow between them.

Over time, they become corroded, and as part of our battery reconditioning service, we clean and shine them. We place the bus bars in a container of stainless steel media, place it into a slow tumbler, and let it run overnight. After about 10 hours, we remove the bus bars from the container, and voila, good as new without the need to replace them.

We place corroded hybrid battery terminals overnight for cleaning.We place corroded hybrid battery terminals overnight for cleaning.
Corroded hybrid battery terminals, called bus bars, can be cleaned using this tumbler full of stainless steel media.Corroded hybrid battery terminals, called bus bars, can be cleaned using this tumbler full of stainless steel media.

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