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Without a battery, your car simply is not functional.  Among 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’ll go over 7 signs your car battery is going to die and needs to be replaced or repaired.

Before we get started discussing these 7 critical signs, it’s important to remember that if experiencing problems with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and wires first because occasionally a faulty connection can appear to be a larger problem.

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

2) Check Engine Light/Battery Warning Light – The check engine light is always a great 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 is only going to light up if there’s a problem with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery life span, in perfect conditions, is about five decades.  

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign that your battery is beginning to fade is if electrical components are fighting to function (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 is a indication that temperature has affected the chemical elements of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

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

7) Multiple recoil begins Needed – if you are having to jump your battery to get your vehicle 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 best to have the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.

If your car battery is showing any of these 7 signs, know that your battery needs to be replaced or reconditioned before your car no longer runs.