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Without a battery, your car simply isn’t 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 going to die and has to be replaced or repaired.

Before we begin 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 seem to be a bigger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if 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 starter can be the culprit, most of the time the battery is to blame.  If this is happening frequently, it is a fantastic sign your car battery is going bad and it may be time to replace your battery or recondition it.

2) Check Engine Light/Battery Warning Light – The check engine light is always a great 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, like the check engine light. This is only going to light up if there is an issue with the battery.

3) Age – A car battery lifespan, 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 searching 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 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 is 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, this is often a symptom of leaking battery acid. This may damage other engine components if not addressed quickly.  If you notice this, you may either bring your own battery into a store and have them look at it or you can use our reconditioning measures and do it yourself.

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

If your car battery is showing any of those 7 signals, know that your battery needs to be replaced or reconditioned before your car no longer runs.