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Without a battery, your car simply isn’t functional.  One of the most inconvenient things in life is if 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 article we’ll go over 7 signs your car battery is going to die and needs to be replaced or repaired.

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

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, in case your car turns over for longer than normal or takes some time to”catch,” 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 fantastic sign your car battery is going bad and it could be time to replace your battery or recondition it.

2) Assess Engine Light/Battery Warning Light – The check engine light is always a good 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, 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 is 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 your battery is beginning to fade is if electric components are fighting 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 affected the chemical elements of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

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

7) Multiple recoil begins Needed – if you are having to jump your battery to get your car started more than three times a week, it is time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it is best to have 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 car battery is showing any of those 7 signals, know that your battery needs to be replaced or repaired before your car no more runs.