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With no battery, your car simply is not 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 vehicle battery is on the verge of dying and needs to be replaced.   In this article we will go over 7 signs your car battery is about to die and has to be replaced or repaired.

Before we get started discussing these 7 critical signs, it’s important to remember that if experiencing problems with your car battery, be certain 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 some time 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 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 great indication of something off with your vehicle.  The battery power being feeble will trip the check engine light.  If your check engine light is on, be sure to check the battery power level.   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.  

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

This can damage other engine components if not addressed immediately.  If you become aware of this, you can either bring your battery into a shop and have them look at it or you may use our reconditioning steps and do it yourself.

7) Multiple recoil begins Needed – if you’re having to jump your battery to get your vehicle started over three times each week, it’s 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.

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