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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 good 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 article we’ll go over 7 signs your car battery is about to die and has to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we begin discussing these 7 critical signs, it is important to note that when experiencing problems 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, 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 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 sign 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 lifespan, in perfect conditions, is about five years.  

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign your battery is starting to fade is if electrical 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’s 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 can damage other engine components if not addressed quickly.  If you notice 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 Jump starts Needed – if you are needing to jump your battery to get your vehicle 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 ideal to get the battery replaced or correct the battery yourself.

If your car battery is showing any of these 7 signals, know that your battery needs to be replaced or repaired before your car no longer runs.