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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 when 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 signs your car battery is going to die and has to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we begin talking these 7 critical signs, it’s important to remember that if experiencing issues with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and cables first because sometimes 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 newcomer can be the culprit, the majority of the time the battery is to blame.  If this is happening frequently, it’s a good 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 good 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 will only light up if there is an issue with the battery.

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

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

6) Smell –  If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs under your hood, this is often a symptom of leaking battery acid. This may 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 is time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it’s best to have the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.

If your vehicle battery is showing any of those 7 signals, know that your battery needs to be replaced or repaired before your car no longer runs.