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How to Fix Your Car with A Mountain Dew Soda

Updated on January 23, 2012

Fixing Your Car with A Mountain Dew Soda

My neighbor pounded on my door and he was in visible distress. He announced his car was broken. This is my lovely friend who attended Yale. I told him to pop the hood. He announced he had already called a tow truck.

I insisted he pop the hood just the same. I asked him to attempt to start the car. He did. The car would not turn over so to speak. I checked the battery. Upon visual inspection I saw that the leads to the car battery were corroded. The leads were so corroded that they could not carry the electric charge from the battery to the starter. For normal people that would have been a problem but for me it seemed simple enough to fix.

My neighbor returned with a screwdriver and was prepared to manually remove the corrosion. I told him that it wouldn’t be necessary and he could injury himself. Shortly there after the tow truck showed up and declared the car broken and it must be towed.

I told my neighbor to allow me to pour my mountain dew on the battery lead that was corroded. I did and as I pour the soda over the lead the corrosion melted away. My Ivy League neighbor was so impressed. He declared my alma matter worthy of the ivy League. I told him it was really no big deal. I then used jumper cables and jumped his car. And then it was fine.

The tow truck man was very angry as he felt I was interfering with his paycheck and quite frankly I was.

My friend laughed so heartily as he could have never imaged you could fix a car with a soda pop. I did tell him to have the lead replaced but it wasn’t the emergency he had thought it was at all. We laughed. I told him that it was little tricks like fixing cars with soda pops that kept me in good standing with the Ivy League.

My point is we have everything we need all around us. We just need to reach out and ask each other for help and be generous enough to give it when it is requested. It was such a wonderful experience for both of us and it saved my friend so much money.

And quite literally I fixed his car with a Mountain Dew. Who would have ever imagined?


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      Mardi Winder-Adams 6 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

      Thanks for the reminder. I have always used baking soda and water but much easier to open a can of Mountain Dew!

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida


      The car is still running so it worked. And there have been no complaints since.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.


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      destrux 6 years ago

      Ah, yes if you cleaned the terminals it will probably last much longer. Every situation is different too I suppose, so it probably works better for some than others. I'll admit I have never tried it with mountain dew, just coke/pepsi which has different chemicals.

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Destrux,

      I cleaned the lead and replaced it but I thought it was a bit too technical to mention for the purposes of this article. If the soda fix is only a temporary one, it has worked well beyond it's shelf life as the battery is completely charge and the car starts without incident even today.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.


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      destrux 6 years ago

      The corrosion is from acid to begin with (sulfuric acid seeping from around the battery terminal causes it). Adding more won't help. The carbonation in the soda is what breaks the sulfate powder loose, not the acid. Soda is a good trick, but a very temporary one.

      Baking soda mixed with a little water will neutralize the acid and keep the corrosion at bay for a much longer time.

      Of course, the reason it stops the car from starting is because the corrosion was so bad that it caused a poor battery connection. The only way to fix that is to loosen the cable end, clean the connection, and tighten the cable back onto the battery.

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Debbie,

      I think the European equivalent is the Fanta soda. I was only allowed to have one in Rome a week. Vinegar would have done the trick just as readily. Any acid would have worked. And yes, people in the USA indulge in acids. It is part of our culinary arts to attempt to balance the acids and the bases in meals.

      Citrus is a citric acid which is vital for health.

      The world is wonderful with my friends from HP which believe in helping each other which includes you. And I am most grateful for all of them each day and look forward to readng their work.



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      Debbie Roberts 6 years ago from Greece

      Hi JT, I've never heard of mountain dew, it's not something we get here. It was handy you had it, but if I were you I would just keep it around the house for emergencies - people don't actually drink it do they?

      Your hub highlights the fact that it doesn't hurt to ask for help and people are usually more than happy to assist. If more people did this it would make for better community spirit.

      A good hub....

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      It is not beautiful poetry but whatever we need is right within our reach. We just have to help each other. It is a true story. And so far the car has run without incident.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!


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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 6 years ago from Lagos

      Wow! Amazing story. Truly, help can be found if we ask for it. Great experience

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      JT Walters 6 years ago from Florida

      Hi Jewels,

      Any acid in high enough concentrations and given long enough can dissolve anything. But yes, it is handy to have around the garage in case of emergencies.


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      Jewels 6 years ago from Australia

      Makes you wonder what's in that Mountain Dew doesn't it. Apparently it can dissolve vermin (mice) which is the subject of a court case. Imagine what it does to your insides. Nonetheless, good as battery corrosive cleaner and therefore worth keeping a can of soda in the garage for emergencies.


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