Corrupted Battery Compartment?

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Hello guys. This is urgent, as I need to get this thing going before winter. I have a weather station by La Crosse Technology model WS-1510-IT. There is massive corrosion in the battery compartment. I'm not very happy, as this thing is a ton of money. Late spring, it was minor. Touched vinegar on it. Boom! Gone! Replaced the batteries. Now, going outside to maintain my thermo sensors I open up the battery and I see this. Oh....crap.... This is very bad, worse then the first time. It's mainly in between the batteries. What can I do? Any help is appreciated!
 

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If it is outside it is because of moisture. Try putting a little glue around the battery cover. Will keep it dry. Will have to use a knife to get back into it to change the batteries but should solve the problem.
 

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If it is outside it is because of moisture. Try putting a little glue around the battery cover. Will keep it dry. Will have to use a knife to get back into it to change the batteries but should solve the problem.
Its indoor, as it's the thing that tells me the readings.

So a knife will take it out and not get it to come back? Thanks.
 

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Its indoor, as it's the thing that tells me the readings.

So a knife will take it out and not get it to come back? Thanks.
No I meant to cut the glue away.
If it is indoors. Clean it really good. Use a little vinegar like u did before. Dry it. Blow it out with compressed air. Clean it agin. Use a blow dryer to dry it and put new batteries in it.
 

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If you want to clean the contactors, the best thing to use is alcohol wipes or something very similar. Compressed air is also handy. It's not massive corrosion either, the battery has just popped.
 
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alcohol won't neutralize the acid. Once you get that taken care of and all cleaned up, there are a few ways to stop it in the future. One is to coat things in there with dielectric grease. Another is to get a set of the felt rings for car batteries. Slice a chunk off one and slide it in the battery compartment.

This is how I keep corrosion out of my electrical test equipment.

These are the rings I an talking about.

 

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I'm thinking the corrosion started from a leaking battery, carefuly clean the a rea with baking soda an a water mixture, use a Q tip when clean, then go to the local small airport in your area and ask a mechanic to give it a shot of Corrosion X or ACF 50 which will stop any further growth. Both chemicals are safe for plastic and electrical components. If it,s too bad you may need to return to Mfg for repair. Ymmv
 
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Oh, and ILI....vinegar is an acid. You shouldn't clean with it. The point to cleaning that stuff out is to neutralize the acid.