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 great news is… there are several ways to know if your car battery is on the verge of dying and needs to be replaced. In this guide we will go over 7 hints 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 note that if experiencing problems with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and cables first because occasionally a faulty connection can appear to be a bigger 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 newcomer can be the culprit, the majority of the time the battery is to blame. If this is happening regularly, it is 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 great indication of something off with your vehicle. The battery power being feeble will trip the check engine light. If your check engine light is on, be sure to check the battery power level. Additionally, newer cars have a battery light, like the check engine light. This will only light up if there’s an issue with the battery.
3) Age – A car battery life span, in perfect conditions, is about five years.
4) Electrical Component Issues – One sure indication your battery is starting to fade is if electric components are fighting to function (such as lighting, windshield wipers, power locks, and windows).
This may damage other engine components if not addressed immediately. If you become aware of this, you can either bring your own battery into a shop 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 needing 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 ideal to have the battery replaced or correct the battery yourself.
If your vehicle battery is showing any of those 7 signs, know that your battery should be replaced or repaired before your car no longer runs.