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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 several ways to know if your car battery is on the verge of dying and has to be replaced.   In this guide we’ll go over 7 signs your car battery is about to die and needs to be replaced or reconditioned.

Before we get started discussing these 7 critical signs, it’s important to note that if experiencing issues with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and cables first because sometimes a faulty connection can appear to be a bigger problem.

1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if your car turns over for longer than normal or takes some time 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 frequently, it is a fantastic sign your car battery is going bad and it could be time to replace your battery or recondition it.

2) Check Engine Light/Battery Warning Light – The check engine light is always a good indication 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, be sure to check the battery power level.   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 life span, in ideal conditions, is about five years.  

4) Electrical Component Issues –  One sure sign 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, 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 battery into a shop and have them look at it or you may use our reconditioning measures and do it yourself.

7) Multiple recoil begins Needed – if you are having to jump your battery to get your vehicle started over three times each week, it’s 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 vehicle battery is showing any of these 7 signs, know that your battery needs to be replaced or reconditioned before your car no more runs.