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7 Signs Your Car Battery Is About To Die and Should Be Replaced (or reconditioned)

Without a 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 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 guide we will go over 7 signs your car battery is going to die and has to be replaced or repaired.

Before we get started discussing these 7 critical signs, it is important to remember that when 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, if your vehicle turns over for longer than normal or takes some time to”catch,” it often is because the battery charge is low.  While the starter can be the culprit, the majority of the time the battery is to blame.  If this is happening regularly, it’s 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 great sign 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, like the check engine light. This will only light up if there is a problem 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 struggling to operate (such as lighting, windshield wipers, power locks, and windows).

6) Smell –  If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs under your hood, this is frequently a symptom of leaking battery acid. This can damage other engine parts if not addressed immediately.  If you become aware of this, you may either bring your battery into a store and have them look at it or you can use our reconditioning steps and do it yourself.

7) Multiple recoil begins Needed – if you’re having 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’s best to get 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 repaired before your car no more runs.