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7 Signs Your Car Battery Is About To Die and Should Be Replaced (or reconditioned)

Without a battery, your car simply is not functional.  Among the most inconvenient things in life is if your car battery suddenly dies unexpectedly!

But the great news is… there are a number of 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 about to die and has to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we begin discussing these 7 critical signs, it’s important to note that if experiencing issues with your car battery, be sure 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 vehicle turns over for longer than normal or takes some time to”catch,” 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 regularly, it’s a fantastic sign your car battery is going bad and it could 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 car or truck.  The battery power being feeble will trip the check engine light.  Additionally, newer cars have a battery light, like the check engine light. This will only light up if there is an issue with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery lifespan, in ideal conditions, is about five years.  

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign your battery is beginning to fade is if electric components are fighting to operate (such as lights, 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 influenced the chemical elements of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

This can damage other engine components if not addressed quickly.  If you notice this, you can either bring your battery into a store and have them look at it or you can use our reconditioning steps and do it yourself.

7) Multiple recoil begins Needed – if you are having to jump your battery to get your vehicle started over three times a week, it’s time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it is best to get the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.

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