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Top 5 Reasons You Need a Jump-Start May 18, 2017

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Top 5 Reasons You Need a Jump-Start, Fairbanks North Star, Alaska

Few things are more frustrating than when your car’s ignition won’t fire up. Luckily, when you have a roadside emergency, you can get a jump-start from Arctic Taxi in Fairbanks, AK. They frequently help clients whose cars won’t start, which usually happens due to one of the following reasons.

Top 5 Reasons You Need a Jump-Start

1. Dead or Weak Battery

jump-startIf you can hear your starter struggling to activate with no results, you’re probably dealing with a weak battery. In most cases, a jump-start is all you need to get going; just make sure to drive for at least 15 minutes to let the battery charge. Later on, inspect your battery terminals to see if they need tightening or cleaning.

2. Dead Starter

The second most common cause of a no-start is a malfunctioning starter. You can sometimes recognize it by sound (it may make a harsh grinding noise), but it may not make a peep — that is, the starter or ignition switch could be completely dead.

3. Frozen Fuel Line

Sometimes, condensation in your fuel tank can freeze and cause problems, including no-starts. Many Alaskan drivers prevent this from happening by keeping their tanks at least half full and using certain fuel additives.

4. Dirty Spark Plugs

Spark plugs ignite fuel in your car’s combustion chamber, and you can’t start your car without them. If they’re dirty or old (they can last up to 100,000 miles, depending on your vehicle), you may need a jump-start.

5. Failing Alternator

The battery itself could be fine, but a failing alternator will prevent it from charging. You may recognize this as the culprit of your no-start if the associated warning light illuminates on your dashboard.

If your vehicle fails to start one morning or otherwise leaves you stranded, call Arctic Taxi at (907) 455-0000 to send someone to the rescue! Visit their website to learn more about their jump-start and lockout services.

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