Honda Civic Si Car And Driver

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

With no battery, your car simply isn’t functional.  Among the most inconvenient things in life is when your car battery suddenly dies unexpectedly!

But the good 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’ll go over 7 hints your car battery is about to die and has to be replaced or repaired.

Before we begin talking these 7 critical signs, it is important to remember that if experiencing problems with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and wires first because sometimes a faulty connection can seem to be a larger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if your car turns over for more than normal or takes a while to”grab,” it often is because the battery charge is low.  While the starter can be the culprit, most of the time the battery is to blame.  If this is happening frequently, it is 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, similar to the check engine light. This is only going to light up if there’s an issue with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery lifespan, in perfect conditions, is about five decades.   If your battery is coming up on the five to six year indicate it’s 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 fighting to operate (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 components of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

This can damage other engine components if not addressed immediately.  If you become aware of this, you may either bring your own battery into a shop 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 car started more than three times each week, it is time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it is best to get the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.

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 longer runs.