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Without a battery, your car simply isn’t functional.  One of the most inconvenient things in life is if your car battery suddenly dies unexpectedly!

But the good news is… there are a number of 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 hints your car battery is going to die and has to be replaced or repaired.

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

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, in case your car turns over for more than normal or takes a while 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’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 great indication of something off with your car or truck.  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.   Additionally, newer cars have a battery light, similar to the check engine light. This will only light up if there is a problem with the battery.

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

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign your battery is starting to fade is if electrical 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 influenced 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 may damage other engine components if not addressed immediately.  If you become aware of 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 recoil begins Needed – if you’re having to jump your battery to get your car started over three times each week, it is time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it’s ideal to have the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.

Regular maintenance is important to extend the life of your car battery (and also your vehicle).  If your vehicle battery is showing any of those 7 signs, know that your battery needs to be replaced or reconditioned before your car no longer runs.