Car And Driver April 2019

7 Signs Your Car Battery Is About To Die And Needs To Be Replaced (or reconditioned)

With no battery, your car simply is not functional.  Among the most inconvenient things in life is if your car battery suddenly dies unexpectedly!

But the good news is… there are several ways to know if your car battery is on the verge of dying and needs to be replaced.   In this article we will go over 7 signs your car battery is going 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 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 vehicle turns over for more 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 is a good 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 indication of something off with your vehicle.  The battery power being weak will trip the check engine light.  If your check engine light is on, be sure to check the battery power level.   Additionally, newer cars have a battery light, similar to the check engine light. This is only going to light up if there’s a problem with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery life span, in ideal conditions, is about five years.   If your battery is coming up on the five to six year indicate it is time to start searching for a replacement or recondition it to give it new life.

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign that your battery is beginning to fade is if electric components are struggling to function (such as lighting, windshield wipers, power locks, and windows).

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

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you are 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’s best to have the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.

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