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Without a battery, your car simply isn’t functional.  Among the most inconvenient things in life is if your car battery suddenly dies unexpectedly!

But the great news is… there are several 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 hints your car battery is about to die and has to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we get started 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 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”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) Assess Engine Light/Battery Warning Light – The check engine light is always a good indication 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 an issue with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery lifespan, in ideal conditions, is about five decades.  

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure indication that your battery is beginning to fade is if electric components are struggling 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 indication that temperature has influenced the chemical elements of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

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

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

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.