7 Signs Your Car Battery Is About To Die And Needs To Be Replaced (or reconditioned)
With no battery, your car simply isn’t functional. One of the most inconvenient things in life is if your car battery suddenly dies unexpectedly!
But the great 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 reconditioned.
Before we begin discussing these 7 critical signs, it is important to note that when experiencing issues with your car battery, be certain to check the battery connections and wires 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 more than normal or takes some time 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 regularly, it is a good 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 sign of something off with your car or truck. The battery power being weak will trip the check engine light. If your check engine light is on, make certain 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’s an issue with the battery.
3) Age – A car battery lifespan, in ideal conditions, is about five decades.
4) Electrical Component Issues – One sure indication your battery is starting to fade is if electric components are fighting to function (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 is a indication that temperature has influenced the chemical elements of the battery, shortening the lifespan.
This can damage other engine parts if not addressed immediately. 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 Jump starts Needed – if you are having to jump your battery to get your vehicle 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 have the battery replaced or fix the battery yourself.
Regular maintenance is important to extend the life of your car battery (along with your vehicle). If your vehicle battery is showing any of these 7 signs, know that your battery should be replaced or reconditioned before your car no more runs.