Man checking the car battery

Signs You Have a Dead Car Battery

Monday morning is not the day to discover your car battery is dead. Monday is always the day that you’re rushing around, you can’t consume enough coffee to revive yourself from your weekend coma, and traffic is always a mess. Add a dead battery to the mix and you know the start to your week has just gone from busy to a standstill. So, how do you even know the reason your car isn’t starting is due to a dead battery? There are signs to help diagnose whether your car battery is dead.


Sometimes it’s clear that your car battery is dead because there are multiple signs. Other times, you may only see one clear sign. If your car exhibits one or more of these signs, it may be time to replace your battery.

5 Signs Your Car Battery is Dead

No Lights Come On When You Open Your Car Door: Usually the dome light, or other indoor lights will come on when you open your door. There might be a problem if it seems unusually dark when you go to start your car.

You Don’t Hear Your Car Chime: You probably don’t even notice it because you’re so used to the chime sounding every time you insert your keys, but it’s another one of those car components that the battery controls. No chime, no power.

Cranks very slowly, But Doesn’t Start: If you turn the key and it slowly cranks, but doesn’t start then you probably have a dead battery. If you turn the key and nothing happens at all, you definitely have a dead battery.

Headlights Won’t Turn On: Not only will your indoor lights not turn on, but your headlights won’t come on either. This means there is no juice left in your battery.

You Have To Jumpstart Your Car Multiple Times: Once you jumpstart your car, it may be fine for the rest of the day, but just know that as soon as you leave it overnight it probably won’t start again and you’ll have to jumpstart it again. You need a new battery if you have to jumpstart your vehicle multiple times in a week.

Godwin Service Can Help

Just remember that the battery is what gets your vehicle going. If there’s no life remaining in your battery, then your radio, lights, and other components of your car are not going to work. At Godwin Motors, we know how frustrating it is to have a dead battery and be without transportation. If you can’t jumpstart your vehicle, call us and we’ll have it towed straight to the dealership so our service department can confirm you have a dead battery and get you set up with a new one. We want you back in your car as soon as possible because we know you have more important things to do than worry about a dead battery.