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

With no 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 great news is… there are several ways to know if your car battery is on the verge of dying and has to be replaced.   In this article we will go over 7 hints your car battery is about to die and needs to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we get started talking these 7 critical signs, it’s important to note that if experiencing problems with your car battery, be certain to check the battery connections and cables first because occasionally a faulty connection can appear to be a bigger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if your car turns over for more than normal or takes some time to”catch,” it often is because the battery charge is low.  While the starter can be the culprit, most of the time the battery is to blame.  If this is happening regularly, it’s a good 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 good indication of something off with your car or truck.  The battery power being weak will trip the check engine light.  If your check engine light is on, make certain to check the battery power level.   Additionally, newer cars have a battery light, like the check engine light. This will only light up if there’s a problem with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery life span, in perfect conditions, is about five years.  

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

5) Swollen Battery Case – If you look under the hood and your battery case looks swollen, bloated, or malformed; it’s a sign that temperature has affected the chemical elements of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

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

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you are needing to jump your battery to get your vehicle 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 ideal to have the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.

Regular maintenance is important to extend the life of your car battery (along with your vehicle).  If your vehicle battery is showing any of these 7 signals, know that your battery should be replaced or repaired before your car no longer runs.