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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 good 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’ll go over 7 hints your car battery is about to die and has to be replaced or repaired.

Before we get started discussing these 7 critical signs, it is important to note that when 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 bigger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, in case your vehicle turns over for longer than normal or takes a while to”catch,” it often is because the battery charge is low.  While the newcomer can be the culprit, most 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 sign of something off with your car or truck.  The battery power being feeble will trip the check engine light.  If your check engine light is on, make certain to check the battery power level.   This will only light up if there’s an issue with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery lifespan, in perfect conditions, is about five years.  

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign that your battery is beginning to fade is if electric components are fighting to function (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 may damage other engine components if not addressed quickly.  If you notice this, you can either bring your 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 are having to jump your battery to get your car 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’s best to get the battery replaced or correct the battery yourself.

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