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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 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 needs to be replaced.   In this guide we’ll go over 7 hints your car battery is about to die and has to be replaced or repaired.

Before we begin discussing these 7 critical signs, it’s important to note that when experiencing issues with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and wires first because occasionally a faulty connection can appear to be a bigger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if your vehicle turns over for longer than normal or takes a while to”grab,” it often is because the battery charge is low.  While the newcomer 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 may 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 will only light up if there is an issue with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery life span, 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 function (such as lighting, 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 parts if not addressed quickly.  If you notice this, you can either bring your battery into a store and have them look at it or you can use our reconditioning measures and do it yourself.

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you’re having to jump your battery to get your car started over three times each week, it’s time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it’s 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 reconditioned before your car no longer runs.