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

With no battery, your car simply is not functional.  Among 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 car 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 needs to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we get started talking 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 sometimes a faulty connection can appear to be a larger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if your car turns over for more than normal or takes a while to”grab,” 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 fantastic 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 car or truck.  The battery power being feeble will trip 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 perfect conditions, is about five years.  

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign your battery is starting to fade is if electric 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’s a sign that temperature has influenced the chemical components of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

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 parts if not addressed quickly.  If you become aware of this, you can either bring your own battery into a shop and have them look at it or you can use our reconditioning steps and do it yourself.

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed – if you are needing to jump your battery to get your vehicle started over three times each week, it’s time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it is ideal to get the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.

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