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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 several ways to know if your car battery is on the verge of dying and has to be replaced.   In this guide we will go over 7 signs your car battery is going to die and has to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we begin discussing these 7 critical signs, it’s important to remember that if experiencing problems with your car battery, be certain to check the battery connections and wires first because occasionally a faulty connection can seem to be a bigger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, in case your car turns over for more than normal or takes a while to”catch,” it often is because the battery charge is low.  While the newcomer can be the culprit, most of the time the battery is to blame.  If this is happening regularly, it’s a fantastic sign your car battery is going bad and it may 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 car or truck.  The battery power being weak will trip the check engine light.  Additionally, newer cars have a battery light, like 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 years.  

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign that your battery is starting to fade is if electrical components are fighting to function (such as lights, 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’s a indication that temperature has affected the chemical components of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

6) Smell –  If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs under your hood, this is often a symptom of leaking battery acid. This can damage other engine components if not addressed immediately.  If you notice this, you may either bring your own battery into a shop and have them look at it or you may use our reconditioning measures and do it yourself.

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you’re 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’s ideal to get 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 car battery is showing any of those 7 signs, know that your battery needs to be replaced or repaired before your car no more runs.