7 Signs Your Car Battery Is About To Die and Should Be Replaced (or reconditioned)
Without a battery, your car simply isn’t functional. One of 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 will go over 7 hints your car battery is going to die and needs to be replaced or reconditioned.
Before we get started discussing these 7 critical signs, it is important to note that if experiencing problems with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and wires first because sometimes a faulty connection can appear to be a larger problem.
1) Slow Cranking – When turning the key, if your car turns over for more than normal or takes some time to”grab,” it often is because the battery charge is low. While the newcomer 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 good sign of something off with your car or truck. The battery power being weak will trip the check engine light. This is only going to light up if there is a problem with the battery.
3) Age – A car battery lifespan, in perfect conditions, is about five years.
4) Electrical Component Issues – One sure sign your battery is beginning to fade is if electric components are struggling to function (such as lighting, 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 immediately. 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’re needing to jump your battery to get your car 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 ideal to have the battery replaced or correct the battery yourself.
Regular maintenance is important to extend the life of your car battery (and also your vehicle). If your car battery is showing any of those 7 signs, know that your battery should be replaced or repaired before your car no longer runs.