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With no 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 vehicle battery is on the verge of dying and needs to be replaced.   In this article we’ll 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 if experiencing issues with your car battery, be certain to check the battery connections and cables first because sometimes a faulty connection can seem to be a bigger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if 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 newcomer 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 good 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 decades.  

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication that 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’s a sign that temperature has influenced the chemical elements of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

This may damage other engine parts if not addressed quickly.  If you become aware of 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 Jump starts Needed – if you are having 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’s best to get the battery replaced or correct the battery yourself.

If your car battery is showing any of these 7 signals, know that your battery should be replaced or repaired before your car no more runs.