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Without a battery, your car simply isn’t functional.  Among the most inconvenient things in life is if 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 has to be replaced.   In this guide we’ll go over 7 hints your car battery is about to die and needs to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we begin talking 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 wires first because occasionally a faulty connection can seem to be a larger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if your car turns over for more than normal or takes a while to”catch,” it often is because the battery charge is low.  While the newcomer can be the culprit, most 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) Assess Engine Light/Battery Warning Light – The check engine light is always a great indication 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, like the check engine light. This will only light up if there’s an issue 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 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 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 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 steps and do it yourself.

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you are having to jump your battery to get your car 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 correct 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 reconditioned before your car no longer runs.