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I have a 2011 Vespa GTS 300 I bought in 2011 and replaced it 7 years later in 2018. I was surprised to see this much build up and it will no longer charge?

I will clean it up and guessing I need to get the batter on a trickle charger vs my Optimate4 that I use to maintain?
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I have not been riding it as much and this looks like it went way too long without a cleaning.
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A little Italian trick, if you put a half dollar-sized aluminum disc near the terminals (insulated) and fix it with double-sided tape on the battery body it will absorb the acid vapors and report any leaks.
Another tip, when you clean the terminals, wear goggles, gloves and a protective mask ... the white substance you see is volatile when you move it and is very acidic and sticks to the skin especially if you are sweaty.
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Grease the terminals
After you clean everything and before reassembly, apply a thin layer of grease to the terminal, both sides of the lug, and the screw. I don't know how the current appears to conduct through the grease (it doesn't actually) but it works perfectly. The idea is to cut off the air and acid vapor from the connection. Any grease will work.

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What do you typically clean it with? I got all the white stuff off of it and I'm wondering if I need to spray it with somthing?
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Did it in a baking soda/water mixture and watch it bubble.
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Use some dielectric grease on it
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Ok, I went to Autozone and picked up the items needed and took the battery to be tested and sure enough it was totally dead and beyond repair so I bought a new one. It should be charged up shortly and back in the bike on the trickle charger. Excited to get out and start doing some more ride this spring before it gets too hot.

Thank you everyone!
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What do you typically clean it with? I got all the white stuff off of it and I'm wondering if I need to spray it with somthing?
We normally use just hot water, and like Bob suggested, plenty of grease on it after you have reconnected the terminals to the battery...

Anything that will prevent air reaching the terminals will work.. I have seen people using small parties balloon (not condoms Laughing emoticon )..
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Spray
Car parts stores sell a spray specifically designed to coat terminals and prevent corrosion. I've had fairly good luck with it.
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Re: Spray
Jimding wrote:
Car parts stores sell a spray specifically designed to coat terminals and prevent corrosion. I've had fairly good luck with it.
exactly, they sell a battery corrosion cleaner and then a spray to keep corrosion from coming back, EASY PEASY
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Is brake cleaner an option? Just spray it on while connected and wash?
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My concern about brake cleaner on an installed battery is that there is a lot of stuff between the battery and the ground that might not respond well to brake cleaner - plastics, rubber, painted parts, etc. it's overkill.

Soapy water (slightly basic) works fine. Spray cleaner like Simple Green or 409 work fine. (No bleach.) Baking soda works fine. An old toothbrush works fine. Rinse off well whatever you use.

I have an old tub of Vaseline in the garage that I use for battery connections.

Doesn't take much to keep the battery connection in good shape. But it does take more than nothing.
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I remember a guy simply opened a coke and poured it on the corroded contacts. The corrosion melted away.
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