Car And Driver Nissan

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 when your car battery suddenly dies unexpectedly!

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

Before we get started discussing these 7 critical signs, it is important to remember that when experiencing issues with your car battery, be certain to check the battery connections and cables first because sometimes 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 some time to”grab,” 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 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 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 is a problem with the battery.

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

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication your battery is beginning to fade is if electric components are struggling to function (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 components of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

6) Smell –  If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs under your hood, this is often a symptom of leaking battery acid. This can damage other engine components if not addressed quickly.  If you become aware of 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’re needing to jump your battery to get your car started over three times a week, it is time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it is ideal to get the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.

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