7 Signs Your Car Battery Is About To Die And Needs To 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! This can delay you to work or make you miss an important appointment!

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But the good news is… there are several ways to know if your car battery is on the verge of dying and needs to be replaced. And in this article we will go over 7 signs your car battery is about to die and needs to be replaced or reconditioned.

Something to note before we begin…

Before we discuss these 7 critical signs, it’s important to note that when experiencing problems with your car battery, be sure to check the battery connections and cables 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 longer than normal or takes a while 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’s 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

Your check engine light could mean battery problemsThe check engine light is always a good indication of something off with your vehicle. The battery power being weak will trip the check engine light. If your check engine light is on, be sure 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 perfect conditions, is about five years (but can be much longer if you use our battery reconditioning course). If your battery is coming up on the five to six year mark it’s time to start looking for a replacement or recondition it to give the battery a new life.

4) Electrical Component Issues

One sure sign that your battery is beginning to fade is if electrical components are struggling to operate (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 sign that temperature has affected the chemical components of the battery, shortening the lifespan.

6) Smell

If you smell sulfur or rotten eggs under your hood, this is often a symptom of leaking battery acid. This can damage other engine components if not addressed quickly. If you notice this, you can either bring your battery into a shop and have them look at it or you can use our reconditioning steps and do it yourself.

7) Multiple Jump starts Needed

Jump start car batteryIf you’re having to jump your battery to get your car started more than three times a week, it’s time to replace the battery or recondition it. Excessive jumping can also damage other systems, so it’s best to get the battery replaced or to fix the battery yourself.

Regular maintenance is important to extend the life of your car battery (and also your vehicle). And if your car battery is showing any of these 7 signs, you know that your battery should be replaced or reconditioned before your car no longer runs.

And if you want to take it a step further… you can learn how to double or even triple the life of your car battery by watching this presentation now.

 

 

 

 

 

Best Job Interview Answers

When preparing for your next job interview, you’ll want to have answers to these common job interview questions. These answers are just a guideline to follow. The most important thing to do is to be honest and be yourself when answering these jon interview questions.

1. Tell me about yourself. – Perhaps this the most common and famous interview question of all interview question. “Tell me about yourself” is the gateway to just about anything to wish to say which is why it can be tricky. When asked the question, the interviewer doesn’t want to know where you were born or what color your hair it. This question prompts an answer that gives the interviewer a general answer of why you would be good for this job. Your answer may reveal some of your greatest achievements or how your past experience might relate to the job you are applying for.

2. Why would I hire you? – For this answer you need to realize that the better answer you give, the easier it is for the employer. It’s up to you so give the employer a reason to hire you. This is a great time to tell the interviewer about any past work experience you have . You might say, “When I was working at XXX, I did XXX. I feel that experience will allow me to excel at this position I am applying for.” Even better, think of a specific example or story to tell about a situation you have been in before and how that could be useful to the company.

3. What are you strengths – Figure out 2-3 things about yourself that you really like about yourself and elborate. Always give an example after you say your strength. For example, you may say you are dedicated. Then you should follow up with an instance when at your last you job, you had an important project due and you worked extra hours to make sure it got done.

4. What are your weaknesses? When answering this question, you always want to give an answer that isn’t really a weakness. You may say, “I don’t speak a second language,” or “when I start a project, I can’t focus on anything else until I get it done.” This shows that you are dedicated and hard working. You never want to truly bash yourself when answering this question. That isn’t the point. The following examples here are easy to discuss and can lead to talking about future growth and learning.

5. What is the most important thing to you in a job? If there is something really important for you to have in a job, be honest and say it. Remember, a job interview is a tool to reveal the best fit for the company. If something is really important to you that the company doesn’t offer, it is best to reveal it now.

6. What are you career goals? Employers want to know this to see what positions you might grow into later on if you were to be hired. They also want to know this to see how long you might stay with the company if hired. The company may be looking for a candidate they can groom into their next Senior VP. However, you are only looking for a job to cover you for the next couple of years, it might not be the best match.

7. Do you have any questions for me? Do your research ahead of time and if you truly have a question, ask it. When you ask legitmate, relevant questions, you show the interviewer you put in time to research beforehand. However, don’t ever ask questions, just to ask questions or to look good. The interviewer will sense your lack of authencity right away and that may hurt your chances. Make the time to think of an intelligent question about the job before hand. You may ask, “what is a typical day like for this position?” You can also ask, “What opportunity for advancement does this position have?”

8. Why did you leave your last job? whatever the reason was, tell the story of why is was mutually beneficial for you to leave the company. Never blurt out, “I got fired,” and end it at that. It makes you look bad and can even make the interviewer feel uncomfortable. Prepare an honest story with a logical reason that doesn’t reveal too much personal information or company gossip. If you did get fired, you can use this as an opportunity to discuss what you lessons you learned and what you would now do differently.

Check out the rest of our interview advice in the Michael Page Career Centre.

Doggy Dan Review: How Good is the Program Really

Some of the most well-known games that we like to play with our dogs are Fetch and Tug-Of-War. They are both great for increasing exercise and building their bond with you, as well as being useful for teaching your dog to drop what’s in its mouth.

On the downside, these types of games don’t really require much brain power from your dog. Mental activity can be just as tiring as physical activity and ideally your dog should be getting the right balance of both to keep their mind and body healthy.

Brain Training for Dogs by Adrienne Farricelli is an e-book containing games and puzzles for you and your dog to play and work on together. It also comes with some excellent video examples for each game, so it’s easy to see exactly how they all work.

About the Author – Adrienne Farricelli

Adrienne Farricelli has a professional background working with dogs previously at an Animal Hospital and a Dog Shelter. She is a certified Dog Trainer (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT-KA®) and has taught obedience and canine musical freestyle classes in Missouri.

She uses scientifically proven positive reinforcement and reward based techniques.​

She lives with her husband Alex and Rottweilers, Petra and Einstein.​


Mentally Challenge Your Dog

The games are divided into various levels using a school setup – for example you start at Pre-School then move up to Elementary, then High School and so on so forth, until they reach Graduation and finally the Einstein level!

There are challenges at the end of each section where your dog can earn a grade from A to F. All dogs can earn an A grade, but some may need a little more time than others.

The idea is to gradually increase your dog’s mental aptitude and build their confidence.

The great thing is, the e-book does not assume that your dog already has basic training. It starts with some simple obedience training such as Sit and Down and there is a choice of techniques described such as clicker training or verbal markers.

So, if you are new to dog training – no problem, just start with the Obedience 101 section, otherwise you can skip this and head straight for school!

The Dog Brain Training Games

Each level or grade is comprised of three brain games, so in total there are 21 games.

In Preschool, your dog will learn how to touch a chosen target with their nose and paws and learn how to focus on you by making eye contact.

By the time you have completed the Einstein level, your dog will have learnt how to play the piano and even know how to tidy the house!

Each game has a step by step guide with picture examples, as well as a video guide that shows Adrienne and her dog completing the challenge.

If your dog is having trouble learning any of the tricks, there is a troubleshooting section for each game that advises how to simplify the process.

So even if your dog is prone to losing interest quickly, the criteria can be lowered so that they can don’t get frustrated. Once they start to get the idea, the difficulty can be increased to teach them an advanced version of the game.

When your dog has mastered the trick, it’s time for the exam.

Each exam is basically a challenge where your dog is required to perform the trick that they have just learned. The grade that they earn depends on factors such as how many seconds it took them to complete the challenge.

All you need to get started are some treats & toys to reward your dog and an optional clicker.

Some games require other tools, but you can use alternatives that you will most likely already have around the house, such as Post-it notes or muffin tins. For the piano game, you will require a battery-operated keyboard/piano.

Bonus E-Book – Behaviour Training for Dogs

As a bonus, with this e-book you also receive Behaviour Training for Dogs, which contains advice for combating common dog behavioural problems such as whining, digging, barking and chewing.

As with the Brain Training e-book, this is also very well written and it is full of useful tips along with picture examples.

Price

Both the Brain Training for Dogs and Behaviour Training for Dogs are available for the low price of $17 (price correct on date of review – may be subject to change). It’s obvious that a huge amount of work has gone into these books and they are certainly not just a one-time read. They can be used again as a refresher course for your dog or just for general future reference. At $17, we think the product is excellent value for money.

Summary

We have found this book to be invaluable as both a training tool and a new way to have fun with my dog. It is a fantastic way to strengthening the bond between you and your pooch, as well as keeping them sharp. Most of all, the way the book is written makes it good fun and extremely rewarding.

We can highly recommend adding it to your collection.​

Now you will have to excuse me, as my dog Ollie and I are off to play The Treasure Hunt game!

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