Signs Your Car Battery is Failing

Dealing with a bad car battery can be a crisis. Without it, your vehicle has no power to start, move or function in any way, which is precisely why you may want to learn how to recognize the signs your car battery is failing.


Slow engine crank:

When you turn the key in the ignition to start your vehicle, the battery should send a current to an electrical component – the starter solenoid – to get it going. If your car battery is failing, it will be difficult to perform this function, making a clicking noise and / or taking much longer than usual to start.

Dim headlights

Your battery works by powering your vehicle’s electrical components, one of those being your headlights. If these start looking dimmer and weaker than they usually do, it could be a sign you’re dealing with a weak and soon to be failing bad car battery.

Intermittent start

One day your car will start just fine, but the next it won’t. This could mean there’s something wrong with your battery terminals, therefore you should check them to see if they’re loose, broken, corroded or else.

Cold cranking difficulty

Cold cranking is the term used to describe the action of starting your vehicle for the first time that day. If suddenly you notice cold cranking is taking longer than usual, this could be a clear sign your car battery is failing.


A bad car battery can cause intermittent sparks, which can then lead to fuel accumulating in the cylinders. When this happens and the built up fuel is ignited it can cause your car to backfire.

If you’ve noticed any of these signs on your car battery, feel free to schedule a visit to our garage in North Carolina for our experts to look through it. A bad car battery isn’t something to be missed or ignored, on the contrary, it’s a problem that needs resolution fast.

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