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7 Signs Your Car Battery Is About To Die And Needs To Be Replaced (or reconditioned)

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

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

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if 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 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 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 indication of something off with your vehicle.  The battery power being feeble will trip the check engine light.  Additionally, newer cars have a battery light, similar to the check engine light. This will only light up if there’s a problem with the battery.

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

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication that your battery is beginning to fade is if electric 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’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, this is often a symptom of leaking battery acid. This may damage other engine parts if not addressed quickly.  If you notice this, you may either bring your battery into a shop and have them look at it or you may use our reconditioning steps and do it yourself.

7) Multiple recoil begins Needed – if you’re 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 get the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.

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