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With no battery, your car simply is not functional.  Among the most inconvenient things in life is when your car battery suddenly dies unexpectedly!

But the great 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 article we will go over 7 signs your car battery is about to die and has to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we begin talking these 7 critical signs, it is important to note that when experiencing issues with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and cables first because sometimes a faulty connection can seem to be a bigger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, in case 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, 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 could be time to replace your battery or recondition it.

2) Check Engine Light/Battery Warning Light – The check engine light is always a good sign of something off with your car or truck.  The battery power being weak will trip the check engine light.  This will only light up if there’s an issue with the battery.

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

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign your battery is beginning to fade is if electric 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 is a sign that temperature has influenced the chemical components of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

This can damage other engine components if not addressed quickly.  If you become aware of this, you may either bring your own battery into a store and have them look at it or you can use our reconditioning steps and do it yourself.

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you’re needing to jump your battery to get your car started more than three times each week, it is time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it is best 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 these 7 signals, know that your battery should be replaced or reconditioned before your car no longer runs.