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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 is not functional.  One of the most inconvenient things in life is if 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 guide we’ll go over 7 signs your car battery is about to die and needs to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we begin discussing 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 cables first because sometimes a faulty connection can seem to be a larger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if your vehicle turns over for more than normal or takes some time to”catch,” 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 is a good 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 sign of something off with your vehicle.  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.   This will only light up if there is a problem with the battery.

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

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign your battery is beginning to fade is if electrical components are struggling 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’s a sign that temperature has affected the chemical components of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

This may damage other engine parts 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 measures and do it yourself.

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you’re having 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.

Regular maintenance is important to extend the life of your car battery (along with your vehicle).  If your vehicle battery is showing any of those 7 signs, know that your battery should be replaced or repaired before your car no more runs.