The definition of frustration is when you’re running late for an important engagement and your car just wouldn’t start. While its easy to blame your dead car, keep in mind that you had warning signs a while before it finally gave in. Here they are.

1.Slow engine cranks
A slow sluggish crank when you’re starting the engine is one of the moist common signs of a dying battery. Eventually the slow crank will graduate to instances where you will need two or three key turns before the engine starts. Take your car to the mechanic immediately when this happens.

2. Dim Lights
All the electronics in your vehicle are powered by the battery; lights, radio and dashboard computer. If the battery is losing its charge it will have a harder time running these things at full power. Naturally, introducing more electronics into your car while driving, like your phone charger, will definitely drain your battery faster.

3. Engine light
A weak or dying battery may be exposed by the engine light. Ensure your mechanic checks your car just to rule out the possibility of a dying battery

4. Low Battery Fluid Level
Car batteries typically have a part of the casing that’s translucent so you can always keep an eye on your battery’s fluid level. If the fluid level is below the lead plates inside, it’s time to have the battery and charging system tested to ensure that it is okay to run without risk of sudden death.

5. Rotten egg smell
If you smell rotten eggs when you open the hood, a leaking battery may be the culprit. This is caused by battery leaks. Leaking also causes the corrosion around the posts (where the (+) and (–) cable connections are located. Take it in to get checked out ASAP and replace the battery if necessary.

The average life span is 2-3 years although manufacturers might suggest longevity of about 5 years. The life span of your batter depends on a number of factors:

  • Where you live
  • How you drive
  • The condition of your charging system
  • Weather
  • How you use your car’s accessories

Keep an eye out for these signs next time you get a new battery to avoid being inconvenienced by a not so sudden dead battery.