Top Gear Off Road Racing Full Episode

Without a battery, your car simply is not functional.  One of the most inconvenient things in life is if 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 has to be replaced.   In this article we will go over 7 hints your car battery is about to die and needs to be replaced or repaired.

Before we begin talking these 7 critical signs, it’s important to note that when experiencing issues with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and wires first because occasionally a faulty connection can appear to be a larger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, in case your vehicle 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, 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 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 feeble will trip the check engine light.  Additionally, newer cars have a battery light, similar to the check engine light. This is only going to light up if there’s a problem with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery life span, in perfect conditions, is about five years.   If your battery is coming up on the five to six year indicate it’s time to begin looking for a replacement or recondition it to give it new life.

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign your battery is starting to fade is if electric components are struggling to operate (such as lights, 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 affected the chemical elements of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

6) Smell –  If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs under your hood, this is frequently a symptom of leaking battery acid. This can damage other engine parts if not addressed quickly.  If you notice this, you may 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 recoil begins Needed – if you’re needing to jump your battery to get your vehicle started over three times a week, it’s time to replace the battery or recondition it.  Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it’s ideal to get the battery replaced or correct the battery yourself.

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