Bill Nye The Science Guy Season 5 Episode 16

7 Signs Your Car Battery Is About To Die and Should Be Replaced (or reconditioned)

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 vehicle battery is on the verge of dying and has to be replaced.   In this article we will go over 7 hints your car battery is going to die and has to be replaced or repaired.

Before we begin discussing these 7 critical signs, it’s important to note that if experiencing issues with your car battery, be certain to check the battery connections and cables first because sometimes a faulty connection can appear to be a larger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, in case your car turns over for longer than normal or takes some time to”grab,” 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 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 indication of something off with your car or truck.  The battery power being feeble will trip the check engine light.  This will only light up if there is a problem with the battery.

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

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication that your battery is starting to fade is if electric 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 indication that temperature has influenced the chemical elements of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

This can damage other engine components if not addressed quickly.  If you become aware of this, you may either bring your own battery into a store and have them look at it or you may use our reconditioning measures and do it yourself.

7) Multiple recoil begins Needed – if you’re having to jump your battery to get your vehicle started over 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 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 car battery is showing any of those 7 signals, know that your battery needs to be replaced or reconditioned before your car no more runs.