Jeremy Clarkson’s Farm

Without a battery, your car simply is not functional.  Among 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’ll go over 7 signs your car battery is about to die and needs to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we get started discussing these 7 critical signs, it’s 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 vehicle turns over for longer than normal or takes a while to”catch,” 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’s a fantastic sign your car battery is going bad and it could 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 vehicle.  The battery power being feeble 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’s 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 electrical components are struggling 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 is a sign that temperature has affected 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 quickly.  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 Jump starts Needed – if you’re needing to jump your battery to get your vehicle started over three times each week, it is time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it is ideal 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 repaired before your car no longer runs.