So I got a new 6v battery from NAPA today. Placed it in a milk crate to prevent sliding and tipping over. Did fine until going down my driveway, where it tipped over. I talked to my neighbor for about 30 minutes, came back to find it leaked in my trunk. It doesn't look like it leaked a whole lot, but is the battery still good? Can I fix it?
The battery isn't broken.
But you should really clean up the truck as that battery acid will ruin the metal. Scrub good, and rinse. Use a base cleaner to offset the acid residues.
If too much acid was lost, you can buy replacement acid packages at auto parts stores. Or take it back to NAPA and have them top it off.
Pull up the carpet in your trunk and wash thoroughly! (Carpet and floor of trunk).
Finish washing with a strong baking soda solution (NaHCO3).
Don't do it and your trunk will be air conditioned, and not in a good way.
Thanks for the responses guys. I'll check the battery in better light tomorrow, and I managed to save the floor, but the carpeting where it spilled got eaten away. Not a very big spot fortunately enough.
Clean it up, refill it, and charge it. Should be OK.
Don't add water! Top it with battery acid.