Jeremy Clarkson Doctor

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 great news is… there are several ways to know if your vehicle battery is on the verge of dying and needs to be replaced.   In this article we will go over 7 hints your car battery is going to die and needs to be replaced or repaired.

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

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, in case your car turns over for more than normal or takes some time 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 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) Assess 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.  This is only going to light up if there’s a problem with the battery.

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

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication that your battery is starting 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 affected the chemical elements of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

This may damage other engine components if not addressed quickly.  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 recoil begins Needed – if you’re needing to jump your battery to get your car 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 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.