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With no battery, your car simply isn’t functional.  One of the most inconvenient things in life is when your car battery suddenly dies unexpectedly!

But the good news is… there are several ways to know if your car battery is on the verge of dying and needs to be replaced.   In this guide we will 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 problems with your car battery, be certain 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 more than normal or takes some time to”catch,” 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 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 car or truck.  The battery power being feeble will trip 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 perfect conditions, is about five years.   If your battery is coming up on the five to six year indicate it is time to begin searching for a replacement or recondition it to give it new life.

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign that your battery is starting to fade is if electrical 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 sign that temperature has affected the chemical elements of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

6) Smell –  If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs under your hood, this is often a symptom of leaking battery acid. This may damage other engine parts 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 are needing to jump your battery to get your car started over three times a week, it is time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it’s best to have the battery replaced or correct the battery yourself.

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