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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.  One of 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 vehicle battery is on the verge of dying and needs to be replaced.   In this article we will go over 7 hints your car battery is about to die and has to be replaced or repaired.

Before we get started talking these 7 critical signs, it is important to remember that when experiencing problems 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 car turns over for more 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’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 good indication of something off with your vehicle.  The battery power being feeble will trip the check engine light.  This will only light up if there is an issue with the battery.

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

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign your battery is beginning to fade is if electrical components are fighting 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 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 notice this, you may either bring your own battery into a shop and have them look at it or you can use our reconditioning measures and do it yourself.

7) Multiple recoil begins Needed – if you are having to jump your battery to get your vehicle 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.

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