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Cars Not Cooperating In Bitter Cold

January 6, 2014, 5:57 PM by Matt Holsen

Cars Not Cooperating In Bitter Cold
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Frigid temps are enough to deal with on days like this, let alone trying to start your car. Tow trucks and body shops were busy Monday as vehicles wouldn't cooperate in the winter weather.

"It's not bad out of the wind, but I've never seen it like this," Kelly Classen said.

Classen and his family had just flown back to the area from Las Vegas when they realized they weren't getting home to Nebraska anytime soon after their car wouldn't start.

"I was alright with it, but my family wasn't very happy with me, my wife especially. It was my fault it didn't start. That's all right, I still love her," Classen said, taking about his car.

"We've done a bunch of jump starts this (Monday) morning, some tows. But it's really cold out. It's kind of a normal thing when it's cold to get all these calls like this," Rex Durtis, from Jim & Ron's Towing, said.

Warmer conditions help car batteries do their job. In cold temps, the chemical reactions inside take place more slowly, which means the engine has less energy available to turn over and start. But that wasn't the only reason cars were showing up at the shop, flat tires were also a big problem.

"For the most part, we try to just get them here. If we can air them up and drive them in that's the best case scenario. I know I don't want to be out there, they call me because they don't want to be out there. If we can just get them inside, that's the best case scenario. But we do whatever we got to do," Tom Broadbent said.

Durtis encourages drivers to start their cars at night when it gets this cold and let them run for ten minutes. He says that could help you avoid issues when it comes to starting the car in the morning.

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