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Without a battery, your car simply is not functional.  Among the most inconvenient things in life is when 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 signs your car battery is about to die and has to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we get started talking these 7 critical signs, it’s important to note that if experiencing problems with your car battery, be certain to check the battery connections and cables first because occasionally a faulty connection can seem to be a larger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if your car turns over for longer 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 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 vehicle.  The battery power being weak 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 is a problem with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery life span, in ideal conditions, is about five years.   If your battery is coming up on the five to six year mark it’s time to start searching for a replacement or recondition it to give it new life.

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication that your battery is starting to fade is if electrical components are struggling to operate (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 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 battery into a shop and have them look at it or you can use our reconditioning measures and do it yourself.

7) Multiple recoil begins Needed – if you’re needing to jump your battery to get your car started more than 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 have 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 repaired before your car no more runs.