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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.  One of the most inconvenient things in life is when your car battery suddenly dies unexpectedly!

But the great news is… there are several ways to know if your car 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 discussing these 7 critical signs, it’s important to remember that when experiencing issues with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and wires first because occasionally a faulty connection can seem 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”grab,” 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 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 is a problem with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery lifespan, in ideal conditions, is about five decades.  

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign that your battery is starting to fade is if electric components are fighting 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 affected the chemical components of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

6) Smell –  If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs under your hood, then this is frequently a symptom of leaking battery acid. This may damage other engine components if not addressed immediately.  If you become aware of this, you can either bring your own battery into a shop and have them look at it or you may use our reconditioning measures and do it yourself.

7) Multiple recoil begins Needed – if you are having to jump your battery to get your vehicle started more than three times a week, it’s time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it is ideal to have the battery replaced or correct the battery yourself.

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