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Chevrolet Impala Corrosion on Battery Cable Ends

Chevrolet Impala Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2011

Average Mileage: 74,916 mi (21,000 mi - 155,000 mi)


Acid may leak from the battery at the cable connections, resulting in corrosion on the battery cable ends and in the battery tray. A Leaking battery should be replaced and the cables thoroughly cleaned or replaced if necessary.

  • Visitor, , 23,333 mi

    I was told that battery cables had to be replaced as corrosion had backed up into cables. I was told this was not covered under warranty. Cables have been checked at each oil change, no problems until now. I was quoted a price of $622.00 to replace which includes labor. This repair seemed unusual for a car only 3 years old.

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  • Visitor, , 21,000 mi

    Corrosion of negative battery cable end at battery post. Solution: Wire brushed battery post, negative connector and put a thin film of automotive grease on the connector only

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  • battery terminal post was cracked when car was new. never knew it..never had it checked...found out to late corrosion ate connector... lucky for me I had a GREAT mechanic who was able to reterminate cable with a little know how. or else I would of had to spend hundreds on new (2) cables..

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  • Visitor, , 65,000 mi

    Car stopped starting. After investigation, discovered the battery terminals and completely corroded and ended in me having to replace the terminals and battery, to the tune of over $200.

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  • Visitor, , 52,000 mi

    Excessive corrosion at battery terminals for a car with only 50,000 miles. Battery will need to be changed and this is not an easy process. Very poor placement/design for battery. Have to remove factory braces, fuse assembly and headlight to remove battery. No a quick fix as is usual with battery replacement and not something that would be cheap to fix at repair shop either due to amount of labor needed.

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  • Visitor, , 30,000 mi

    This has been going on since I bought the car and I purchase it new. I've been replacing the cable ends over and over and even the battery twice and the problem still exist.

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