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

Without a 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 a number of ways to know if your vehicle 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 going to die and has to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we begin talking these 7 critical signs, it’s important to note that when experiencing issues with your car battery, be certain to check the battery connections and wires first because sometimes a faulty connection can appear to be a larger 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 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 good indication of something off with your car or truck.  The battery power being feeble 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, like the check engine light. This will only light up if there is a problem with the battery.

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

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

6) Smell –  If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs under your hood, then this is often a symptom of leaking battery acid. This may damage other engine parts if not addressed immediately.  If you become aware of this, you can 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 more than three times a week, it is time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it is best to have the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.

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