William H Macy Daughters

Without a battery, your car simply is not functional.  One of 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 guide we’ll go over 7 signs your car battery is about to die and has to be replaced or repaired.

Before we get started talking these 7 critical signs, it’s important to note that when experiencing problems with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and wires first because occasionally a faulty connection can appear to be a bigger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, in case your vehicle turns over for longer than normal or takes some time to”grab,” it often is because the battery charge is low.  While the starter can be the culprit, the majority 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 may be time to replace your battery or recondition it.

2) Assess Engine Light/Battery Warning Light – The check engine light is always a great indication of something off with your vehicle.  The battery power being feeble will trip the check engine light.  This is only going to light up if there is an issue with the battery.

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

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication your battery is starting to fade is if electric 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 sign 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, this is frequently a symptom of leaking battery acid. This can damage other engine parts if not addressed immediately.  If you notice this, you can either bring your own battery into a store and have them look at it or you can use our reconditioning steps and do it yourself.

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you are having to jump your battery to get your vehicle 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’s best to have the battery replaced or fix 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 signals, know that your battery should be replaced or reconditioned before your car no longer runs.