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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 great news is… there are a number of ways to know if your car battery is on the verge of dying and needs to be replaced.   In this article we will go over 7 signs your car battery is going to die and has to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we begin discussing these 7 critical signs, it’s important to remember that if experiencing issues with your car battery, be sure 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 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 frequently, 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 great indication of something off with your car or truck.  The battery power being weak will trip the check engine light.  If your check engine light is on, make certain to check the battery power level.   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 years.  

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication that your battery is beginning to fade is if electric components are fighting to operate (such as lights, windshield wipers, power locks, and windows).

6) Smell –  If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs under your hood, then this is frequently a symptom of leaking battery acid. This can damage other engine components 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 may use our reconditioning measures and do it yourself.

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you’re having to jump your battery to get your car started more than three times a week, it’s 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 car battery is showing any of those 7 signs, know that your battery needs to be replaced or repaired before your car no longer runs.