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7 Signs Your Car Battery Is About To Die And Needs To Be Replaced (or reconditioned)

Without a battery, your car simply isn’t functional.  One of the most inconvenient things in life is when your car battery suddenly dies unexpectedly!

But the good news is… there are several ways to know if your car battery is on the verge of dying and needs to be replaced.   In this guide we will go over 7 signs your car battery is going to die and has to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we begin discussing these 7 critical signs, it is important to note that when experiencing issues with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and cables first because occasionally a faulty connection can seem to be a larger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, in case your vehicle turns over for more than normal or takes a while to”grab,” it often is because the battery charge is low.  While the starter can be the culprit, the majority of the time the battery is to blame.  If this is happening frequently, it’s a fantastic sign your car battery is going bad and it may be time to replace your battery or recondition it.

2) Check Engine Light/Battery Warning Light – The check engine light is always a great sign of something off with your vehicle.  The battery power being weak will trip the check engine light.  Additionally, newer cars have a battery light, similar to the check engine light. This is only going to light up if there’s an issue with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery lifespan, in perfect conditions, is about five decades.   If your battery is coming up on the five to six year mark it’s time to begin looking for a replacement or recondition it to give it new life.

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication that your battery is beginning to fade is if electric components are struggling to operate (such as lighting, windshield wipers, power locks, and windows).

6) Smell –  If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs under your hood, then this is often a symptom of leaking battery acid. This can damage other engine components if not addressed immediately.  If you become aware of this, you may either bring your own battery into a shop and have them look at it or you may use our reconditioning measures and do it yourself.

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you are needing to jump your battery to get your car started more than three times each week, it’s time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it’s best to get the battery replaced or correct the battery yourself.

If your car battery is showing any of these 7 signals, know that your battery needs to be replaced or repaired before your car no longer runs.