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Signs Your Car Battery Is Dying 

 September 19, 2021

By  Phil Borges

Our cars are more like computers that we can drive. They have over a dozen complicated electronic systems and gadgets, which work together to make your car function properly - not only while it's running but even when the engine is turned off! Electrical features in our cars include electric seats, seat heaters, power locks and windows, sunroofs with solar panels on them for powering up during daytime hours (also known as photovoltaic cells), outlets so you can charge your cell phone or computer if needed out of sight from prying eyes using an outlet inside the glove compartment or under a console lid hidden by plush carpeting. Cars also use powerful stereos; some models come equipped with navigation systems built-in too!

The most obvious sign that your battery is dying out slowly and needs to be replaced soon are the lights blinking on your car. It could also mean that you need a jump start, or even worse, it might not work at all! If this happens more than once in about 5 weeks, then the chances are high that you have an old battery with little power left, so replace ASAP before any damage can occur.

Check The Engine Light Is On

The check engine light can be a scary thing to see, and it often means that there is some serious issue with the car. With so many possible causes for the warning, you'll need your vehicle's manual as well as an auto technician who will know what to do next!

The Engine Is Slow To Start

A slow engine start signifies that your battery has reached its lifespan and will need to be replaced. Over time, the materials in the battery degrade, which can cause longer periods for it to create enough charge for an ignition system's starter motor. A sluggish cranking of one’s car might mean there are problems with their alternator, or they may have a weak battery connection, but more often than not, you're simply running on fumes-literally!

Lights Are Dim Or Experiencing Electrical Issues

A battery powers all of the electronics in your car, and when it's on its last leg, so are you! If a battery is losing its charge, then electronic components in your vehicle will not run at full power. Have you had trouble with things like radios or heated seats this winter? Did they used to work fine for years but now seem less responsive than usual? That might be because there isn't enough juice powering them anymore, thanks to that old-battery trickeroo between the front seat cushions. You need some new batteries ASAP before more important parts get fried by low electric current - our GPS navigation system just told us we're close to one hundred miles from home due out here where nothing grows except ice crystals three feet high!

The Battery Connectors Are Corroded

Corroded terminals on your car battery can cause voltage issues and make it difficult to start the vehicle. When you look at your terminal, if white ashy substances are present, that is a sure sign of corrosion.

You Can Smell Something Rotten

We all experience the occasional whiff of rotten eggs when we pop open our car hood, but if you can't shake that icky smell with a long sniff or two, then it may be time to get your battery checked for any leaks. Simply popping off the cover and lifting the old girl's engine might not reveal anything - gas is sneaky like that! So take a closer look at her interior by shining some light on those dark corners: Is there residue from an apparent leak anywhere? If so, don’t just wipe it away; make sure this doesn’t happen again by getting in touch with your local mechanic ASAP. If you're smelling something more than sulfur around town lately and come across what looks like faint white smoke, this is signs of a significant problem.

Your Battery Case Is Misshaped

As if it wasn't already annoying enough to deal with the heatwave, imagine your phone battery swelling and cracking because of it. All batteries are not created equal; some can swell in extreme conditions such as high temperatures or low ones. If you're struggling to even charge up at all when there's a power outage thanks to these sweltering temps, the chances are that your device is one of those irregularly shaped varieties which have less room for expansion--so be careful!

You Have An Old Battery

Let’s face it, car batteries are expensive, and they need to be replaced often. The good news is that with the proper maintenance, you can buy yourself some time before having to fork over a few hundred dollars for new battery parts! Many factors contribute to how long your battery will last, including climate, driving habits and electronics demands. Still, there's always something we, as drivers, could do better to prolong their lifespan.

Stop Wasting Money On New Batteries

Have you been thinking about buying a new car battery when your old one stops working? But then, the thought of spending money on something so insignificant is always too much to take. You can save yourself that trouble with this video! It'll teach you how to recondition and maintain an older battery without ever having to rebuy a brand-new one.

About the author

Hi, I'm Phil Borges.. thanks for reading.. My wife says I can't shut up about batteries so to save my marriage I've started this blog .. where I'd be ranting about batteries! Please leave a comment if you have any questions, I'm happy to help!

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