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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 a number of ways to know if your vehicle battery is on the verge of dying and needs to be replaced.   In this guide we’ll go over 7 signs your car battery is about to die and needs to be replaced or repaired.

Before we get started talking these 7 critical signs, it’s important to note that if experiencing problems with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and cables first because occasionally 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 is a good 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 good indication of something off with your vehicle.  The battery power being weak will trip the check engine light.  If your check engine light is on, be sure to check the battery power level.   This will only light up if there’s a problem with the battery.

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

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication that your battery is beginning to fade is if electric components are struggling to operate (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.

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

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you are having to jump your battery to get your car started more than three times a 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 (and also your vehicle).  If your vehicle battery is showing any of these 7 signs, know that your battery should be replaced or repaired before your car no more runs.