How Clean Battery Corrosion And Extend Your Vehicles Battery Life

Austin Butler
When is the last time you checked the charge on your battery or even cleaned it? Maintaining your vehicles battery life is a crucial investment and can result in you never being stranded somewhere. In this article, we are going to go over how to avoid battery corrosion and how to clean it. Also some other tips to maintain your batteries longevity.

Keep your battery clean

Check your battery frequently and make sure that it is free of dirt and corrosion. It is important to keep your vehicles battery clean from dirt because it can cause your battery to short circuit and eventually go flat. 
What does battery corrosion look like? Check the image below! 

 

What causes battery corrosion?

Corrosion on the terminals is due to hydrogen gas being released from the acid in the battery. It mixes with other things in the atmosphere under the hood and produces the corrosion you see on the terminals. Generally, if the corrosion is occurring on the negative terminal, your system is probably undercharging. If on the positive side, it is probably overcharging. Most often it will be seen on the negative side because the battery is usually in an undercharged situation. 

How to clean the corrosion?

You will need to thoroughly clean the corrosion from off the posts. You can use baking soda and water solution to help in this endeavor. Ensure you have eye protection, clothes which you don't care if it possibly gets ruined (acid can do nasty things), and some type of gloves (nitrile gloves work great). Clean the area using the solution and a brush. It doesn't have to be a steel bristle one, just one which is stiff enough to remove the gunk. You will have to remove the battery cables to get them completely clean (sorry about the radio channel presets!). Finish your clean up with a good dose of water to flush the area of any residual corrosion. If you don't, it can eat away the paint in the nearby areas.

When done cleaning, to help slow down the corrosion process, coat the terminals with grease (high pressure grease or wheel bearing grease works as good as anything). It doesn't have to be a lot, but ensure total coverage of the metal at the terminals. Cover the outside of the terminals after you have put the cables back onto your battery. You can also purchase a aerosol spray coating which you can purchase from your local parts store. Your main objective is to keep the lead, escaped hydrogen gas, and oxygen from mixing which forms the corrosion you see after a period of time. Over time the grease will break down and corrosion may start, so regular cleaning and reapplication is a must. If you do this about every six months, you should be in good shape.

Some other tips to maintain your vehicles battery life!

  • Avoid short trips in your vehicle(s) because short trips will not give your battery a sufficient amount of time to recharge the battery. 
  • Avoid leaving the car unused for long amounts of time. Acid-based batteries ‘self-discharge’ over time. This effect is more severe if the car is left unused for long periods.
  • Be cautious of extreme temperatures. There are very few things that can undergo extreme temperatures and a battery is not one of them! In the summers, the heat evaporates water from the cell leaving. In the winter, the consequential effects build up on this. To avoid this, try to always park in the shade during the hot summer days. Also another tip is to try not to keep accessories like head lights on during the ignition process, this puts excessive strain on the battery and is more harmful during the winter. 

We hope these tips can help you maintain your batteries longevity, please feel free to leave a comment if you have any other tips to mention that we forgot! 

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Uconnect 3C with 8.4-inch Touchscreen VP3 and VP4 Radio Break Down and Repair

Austin Butler

In late 2013, Chrysler released the 8.4-inch Uconnect System that brings interactive ability to the in-car radio and telemetric-like controls to car settings. These systems feature an over-sized 8.4-inch information touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, and back up camera and many other features.

In this article, we will show you how to disassemble and replace the touchscreen on the Uconnect 3C with 8.4-inch touchscreen navigation and non-navigation radio models. The Uconnect 3C with 8.4-inch touchscreen radio model came in two versions: (1) VP3-Non Navigation (Nav locked-dealer can enabled) and (2) VP4-Full navigation enabled are specifically used in the 2013-2018 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep or Ram vehicles.

When repairing a radio, we highly recommend that you keep all the screws safe in one area! We recommend a small cup or bowl.

Tools

The tools you will need for this radio disassemble are:

  • Razor blade
  • T9 Torex bit
  • T10 Torex bit
  • Power drill
  • Flat head screw driver (not shown)

We recommend using a power drill, if available, to make the process faster.

 

Step 1:

Start with a T10 Torex bit and remove these 8 screws.

Step 2:

Next, remove the back or radio and circuit board. Make sure to keep these attached (refer to picture below). 

Step 3:

Switch to the Torex T9 drill bit.

Step 4:

Next, remove these 5 screws.

Step 5:

Gently pop off the black mounting bezel. There are 4 tabs that may need to be adjusted using a flat head screwdriver.

Step 6:

Remove the metal plate from on top of LCD display.

Step 7:

Remove these three ribbon cables and two coax cables.

Step 8:

Once the ribbon and coax cables are detached, remove the circuit board.

Step 9:

If you need to replace your touchscreen, gently pull off the metal antenna the coax cables are tied into and place a razor blaze between the LCD and touchscreen on the four edges to remove the broken touch screen from the LCD and set it aside. Remove screen protectors from touch screen and place new touch screen inside radio face plate. Use the cut out in the face plate to align the touchscreen for proper installation.

Step 10:

Once the new Factory Radio Parts touchscreen is installed into the radio face plate, attach the WIFI and Bluetooth antenna back onto the bottom of the LCD display.

  

Step 11:

After placing LCD into radio face plate, place circuit board back on top of the LCD and reconnect the ribbon and coax cables and complete the process of putting back together the radio. The process of putting the radio together is the same as the break down. Refer to the pictures and steps above and follow in reverse.

 


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Toyota Tundra Panasonic Entune 2.0 Radio Break Down and Touchscreen Repair

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In 2014, Toyota Motor Corp released the refreshed Tundra pickup truck. The redesign included a larger profile grille, enhanced front, and rear fenders, newly designed tailgate and tail lights, and most importantly a completely redesigned interior. The interior featured a standard 3.5-inch information screen, Bluetooth connectivity, and back up camera.

In this article, we will show you how to disassemble and replace the touchscreen on the optional Panasonic Entune 2.0 with 7-inch touchscreen navigation and non-navigation radio models. The Entune 2.0 with 7 inch touchscreen radio models are specifically used in the 2014-2019 Toyota Tundra.

When repairing a radio, we highly recommend that you keep all the screws safe in one area! We recommend a small cup or bowl.

Tools

The tools you will need for this radio disassemble are:

  • Philips head screwdriver 
  • Flathead screwdriver

We recommend using a power drill, if available, to make the process faster.

Step 1:

To begin, remove the Volume and Tune knobs from the radio. (You will not be able to remove display from faceplate with the knobs still inserted.)

Step 2:

Next, flip the radio over and remove these five screws using a Philips-head.

Step 3:

Take a Flathead screw driver to the edges to pop off the faceplate.

Step 4:

Once the face plate is detached, remove these two ribbon cables.

Step 5:

Remove these two ribbon cables and unscrew these four screws. Once the four screws are removed, the circuit board will be ready for removal.

Step 6:

Remove these four ribbon cables and these four screws using a Philips head to release the LCD display

Step 7:

If you need to replace your touchscreen, gently pull off the broken touch screen from the LCD and set it aside. Remove screen protectors from touch screen and place new touch screen inside radio face plate. Use the cut out in the face plate to align the touchscreen.

Step 8:

Once the new Factory Radio Parts touch screen is inserted into the radio face plate, insert the LCD on top of the new touch screen.

Step 9:

After placing LCD into radio face plate, place circuit board back on top of the LCD and reconnect the four ribbon cables.

Step 10:

Next screw back in the four screws that hold the LCD display in place.

Step 11:

Attach any left over ribbon cables and place safety plate on circuit board and screw in the four screws into the safety plate.

Step 12:

Lastly, attach the last two ribbon cables to the radio and pop the back of the radio back on.

Step 13:

Once the face plate is securely attached, insert the last five screws into the face plate and you are done!



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Email us at sales@factoryradioparts.com or factoryradioparts@gmail.com if you have any questions.
We are happy to assist in anyway!

Radio Repair Services

If you don't want to repair your radio yourself, contact Factory Radio Repairs! They are fast, reliable, and provide expert support and diagnosis.

CONTACT THEM TODAY FOR A FREE QUOTE! 



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Alpine REC REJ 6.5 inch Navigation Radio Breakdown

Austin Butler

With the REC/REJ 6.5" navigation radio being over 10 years old, the demand for replacement radio parts for this radio is extremely high. In this article we are going to walk you through how to disassemble the Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram REC/REJ 6.5" navigation radio. This article will show you how to remove and replace any part inside the REC/REJ radio.

The REC/REJ has more screws than any radio that we have taken apart, so be sure to keep all the screws safe in one area! We recommend a small cup or bowl.

Tools

The tools you will need for this radio disassemble are a Philips head screw driver and a Flathead screwdriver. We recommend using a power drill to make the process faster. 

Step 1:

To start off, remove all the screws along the black face plate. In total there will be 12 screws. Then remove the three knobs by simply grabbing firmly and pulling straight off. 

Step 2:

Next you will need to take a Flathead screw driver to the edges to pop off the face plate.

Step 3:

Once the face plate is pulled off, remove these 4 screws holding in the LCD display and accompanying power circuit board.

Step 4:

Next remove the power cable.

Step 5:

Remove these 9 screws to remove the front face metal brace.

Step 6:

Remove these 14 screws.

Step 7:

Remove the top plate to expose the six disc cd changer.

Step 8:

Remove these 4 screws.

Step 9:

Remove Six disc CD Mechanism by pulling up on the edges. (If the cd changer does not come out, go back and check Steps 6-8 to ensure you removed all screws circled in red.)

Step 10:

Unlatch these 3 ribbon cables

Step 11:

Remove these 5 screws and remove the RCD video board.

Step 12:

Remove these 4 screws to remove the video board mounting pad.

Step 13: 

Remove these screws to remove the CD/DVD Map Drive mechanism.

Now that the radio is fully dissembled and the new part is installed, it''s time to put the radio back together. Check out the video below to see how we reassembled the radio! Skip to 09:12 for the reassembly process!

Check out our products for all your factory radio needs.
Email us at sales@factoryradioparts.com or factoryradioparts@gmail.com if you have any questions. We are happy to assist in anyway!

Radio Repair Services

If you don't want to repair your radio yourself, contact Factory Radio Repairs! They are fast, reliable, and provide expert support and diagnosis.

CONTACT THEM TODAY FOR A FREE QUOTE! 



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2020 Toyota Tacoma Highlights and Specs

Austin Butler
The legendary Toyota Tacoma has gotten even better for 2020! The popular pickup truck is not only the best selling mid-sized pickup truck on market but is now has one of the best radios with the updated Entune 3.0. The 2020 Tacoma doesn't bring a lot of changes from the current track. Just like the 2019, it is powered by the same 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine or 3.5-liter V6 engine with a standard six-speed automatic transmission. Are the small improvements to the 2020 worth it? Check out our specs and let us know what you think.

"The 2020 Toyota Tacoma and 2019 Toyota Tacoma will fit the bill in six grades – SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited and TRD Pro – that can be tailored to fit your lifestyle with Access and Double Cab platforms. To make the 2020 Toyota Tacoma stand out from its predecessor, Toyota designers have added trim-specific grille and wheel designs, updated Toyota Entune™ 3.0 technology and innovative technology geared towards off-road adventures."

Exterior

Besides the changes to the headlights and grill, there isn't that much to talk about. These changes are minor changes, they can change the way that one can view the vehicle. Here below are the changes to the exterior:
  • New Headlight and Grille
  • Chrome Highlights In Taillight Housing
  • Sequential LED Headlights
  • LED Fog Lamps and Bed Lamp
  • Army Green Shade on TRD Pro Trim

Interior

One of the best additions of the Toyota Tacoma is the bigger touchscreen and Entune update. Almost every trim of the 2020 Tacoma will come standard with a new 8-inch touchscreen. It includes a new multimedia system that is compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa. The screen is notably larger with more hard buttons instead of the virtual controls found in the previous truck. Only the base Tacoma SR trim receives an upgraded 7-inch screen instead of the larger 8-inch. Here are the changes to the interior:
  • Bigger touchscreen
  • 10-Way Power Adjustable Driver’s Seat
  • Supports Apple CarPlay And Amazon Alexa
  • Toyota Safety Sense P Standard On All Trims
  • Keyless Ignition System
  • Surround-View Camera System

Drivetrain

Besides changing the exterior and interior, Toyota didn't change much under the hood. Actually all the specs are the same under the hood to the 2019, this may be the Toyota Tacoma's biggest flaw. Here are the specs:
  • 2.7-Liter, Naturally-Aspirated Engine
  • 3.5-Liter, V-6 Unit
  • Packs 278 Horses And 265 Pound-Feet Of Torque
  • Six-Speed Manual Available
  • Towing Capacity Up To 6,800 Pounds
  • New 16-Inch Alloys
  • Re-Tuned Shocks And Rear Springs

What do we think?

Are the changes to the exterior and interior worth getting the 2020 Tacoma over the 2019? YES! 

We love the updated Toyota Tacoma! With it’s updated interior and exterior features, it’s sure to be a great addition or upgrade for any truck lover. With the integration of apple car play and android auto for an enhanced daily commute and exterior LED lighting features the all new 2020 Toyota Tacoma is sure to turn heads!

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Toyota Tacoma Entune Premium 2.0 Radio Removal and Install

Austin Butler
In this article, we show you how to properly remove the dash bezel trim that is surrounding your radio as well as removing the radio from your vehicle.

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How Does Warm Weather Affect Summer Tire Pressure?

Austin Butler
If you ever noticed a drop in tire pressure in all 4 tires at the same time, it is not likely you ran over a bucket of nails, rather it can be attributed to the cold air outside, which has resulted in the drop in tire pressure. Well, with spring here and summer right around the corner...

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How To Remove Broken Car or Truck Radio Touchscreen From LCD Display

Austin Butler
In this article we are going to show you how to replace a broken radio touchscreen on an LCD display.

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What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

Austin Butler
If you have ever driven a car before then you know that your vehicle is probably trying to communicate something to you. So what should you do? No you don’t have to pull over immediately but it is important that you take precautions, because you could end up damaging expensive components in your vehicle!

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Preparing Your Vehicle for Spring & Summer

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As your winter clothes slowly get put back into the closet and your sandals come out, there is the need for your vehicle to recover from the unforgivable weather and the rough neglect that it has undergone all through winter. Hence, it is imperative that you prepare for spring and summer! To help you with that, here are 7 tips for preparing for the HEAT!

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