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Battery washer thingies, Do they work ?

I just bought a new Interstate Megatron battery, But before I install it should I use those green and red terminal washers ? Do they really work ?
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a cover would be better. The washers just let the dumb a$$ know which one is pos.(red) and neg.(grn./blk).

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a cover would be better. The washers just let the dumb a$$ know which one is pos.(red) and neg.(grn./blk).

No, that's not all they are for. they have a chemical that is supposed to react and prevent corrosion. I always use them. Cover on the + terminal certainly doesn't hurt either.

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Get the anti-corrosion spray. It works. Along with the felt washers and you should have little corrosion problems.

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I have used those felt washers. i still got corrosion. They didn't work for me but it has for others

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I heard that if you put a little bit of vaseline on the terminals, it prevents corrosion.

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NO. Sorry but I work at a 76 service station and 9/10 when we see a car with those things they are all corroded and nasty, once they get corrosion on them they tend to collect it and are then Junk, do yourself a favor and do like Tony said and get terminal protector spray, we buy ours from Napa and give the terminals a good shot every time and we've never had a car that had the spray come back with nasty terminals.

Oh and it may sound hokie but to clean the terminals we go to the stock room grab a bottle of Coke , pour it in a cup and let the Battery cables soak, you'll see the crud and corrosion float to the top and it will literally be smoking and bubbling, then follow up with terminal cleaner and protector.

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I have never had any luck with the felt washers either. Get some protective spray (I use the CRC stuff) and some terminal covers and you're good.....
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I have always used the chemically treated felt washers in conjunction with Permatex Battery Protector & Sealer and I have never had any corrosion whatsoever.

Then again, I keep my battery and engine compartment clean and in good repair...
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Forget about them they are worthless.
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I have always used the chemically treated felt washers in conjunction with Permatex Battery Protector & Sealer and I have never had any corrosion whatsoever.

Then again, I keep my battery and engine compartment clean and in good repair...

that's exactly what I do. I just think for folks having a problem it's a case of putting a batt in and forgetting it for a few years. I keep everything reasonably clean and there are no issues.

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If they are the good ones with the chemicals they are great. Corrosion is typically caused by a battery venting through the area were the post connects. The washers do a great job of trapping the gases and preventing corrosion... If you end up with a really gassy battery then eventually the washers will stop working... The spray works very well too...

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YES YES YES, use the red & green felts but make sure the cable ends are all the way down on the post so they touch the felts, they also prevent corrosion from spreading to the cables right there.....

I use anti-seize on the battery cable end and bolt threads to prevent corrosion BUT common sense would dictate that you will need to change felts periodically because they do get absorbed....

They're cheap enough for preventative maintenance.....

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I've used em since i first got my truck. The PO didn't and the terminals were corroded to all hell. Once i got a hold of it i cleaned it up, had it charged and used the felt washers when putting everything back together. To this day, with the same battery, i still have zero corrosion.

As JK pointed out, they do need to be replaced a couple times a year.
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I've never had a problem with the felt washers, and I've always been told to smear some dielectric grease on the "top" of them before installing the cables.

I figure they can't hurt, they're cheap as hell, so it's not like you're wasting a ton of money if they really don't do anything.

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they are worthless yes they a treated with stuff to help. however the vapors are the main problem so the spray a cover or nothing and get a optima

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