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Old 07-28-2003, 10:42 AM   #1
schnell
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Exclamation Corrosion on my distributor terminals!

I removed the spark plug cables from the distributor to check things out. The little terminals on the block were all shiny but one, which was green/grey with corrosion. I didn't want to use sandpaper or steel wool without checking here first.

What should I do to remove the corrosion, or is it not that big of a deal? Just a little steel wool and then some conductive grease?

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Old 07-28-2003, 11:04 AM   #2
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That's what I did with mine. Just took some really fine sandpaper Like 400 grit and a little lube to wet the paper and cleaned off the post. Then I put new wires on so this wouldn't happen again.

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Old 07-28-2003, 11:31 AM   #3
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FYI it's not a distributor, it's a coil pack. Clean it off as suggested and look at the wire that goes on that terminal. If it is corroded as well buy a new set or it will happen again. Keep an eye on it for a while, if it corrodes again the coil will need to be replaced.
Actually, if your car is an 02 this should all be covered under warranty so maybe just have your dealer look at it before you do anything.
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Old 07-28-2003, 02:26 PM   #4
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Dielectric Grease
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Old 07-29-2003, 10:25 PM   #5
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Yeah, dielectric grease is awesome. Be sure to use some after you clean up the terminal. Its also a good idea to put the stuff on whenever you change plug wires... some come pre-greased, but it doesn't hurt to be safe. Dielectric grease is also great for keeping battery terminals from getting nasty a few years down the road.
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Old 07-30-2003, 01:24 PM   #6
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