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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 isn’t functional.  Among 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 has to be replaced.   In this article we will go over 7 hints your car battery is going to die and has to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we begin talking these 7 critical signs, it is important to note that if experiencing issues with your car battery, be certain to check the battery connections and cables first because sometimes a faulty connection can appear to be a larger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if your car turns over for longer than normal or takes a while 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 frequently, it is 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 great sign of something off with your vehicle.  The battery power being weak will trip the check engine light.  If your check engine light is on, make certain to check the battery power level.   Additionally, newer cars have a battery light, similar to the check engine light. This will only light up if there’s a problem with the battery.

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

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication that your battery is starting to fade is if electrical components are struggling to function (such as lighting, 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 is a indication 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, then this is often a symptom of leaking battery acid. This can damage other engine components if not addressed immediately.  If you notice this, you can either bring your 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 having to jump your battery to get your car 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 these 7 signals, know that your battery should be replaced or repaired before your car no more runs.