East Tennessee deep freeze brings sharp rise in car trouble

East Tennessee deep freeze brings sharp rise in car trouble

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David Taylor had to call a tow truck Tuesday morning because his car wouldn't start. His girlfriend is also having car problems because of the extreme cold. David Taylor had to call a tow truck Tuesday morning because his car wouldn't start. His girlfriend is also having car problems because of the extreme cold.
"OnStar said the battery will go into sleep mode if it's not started for a couple days, and then the lock is frozen, so we can't unlock the door to get the car started," David Taylor said. "OnStar said the battery will go into sleep mode if it's not started for a couple days, and then the lock is frozen, so we can't unlock the door to get the car started," David Taylor said.
Frozen door locks were also a problem. Frozen door locks were also a problem.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The deep freeze is leaving many people in East Tennessee with car trouble this week.

From cars not starting to keys being locked inside, wrecker services around the region are staying busy.

David Taylor had to call a tow truck Tuesday morning because his car wouldn't start. His girlfriend is also having car problems because of the extreme cold.

"OnStar said the battery will go into sleep mode if it's not started for a couple days, and then the lock is frozen, so we can't unlock the door to get the car started," Taylor said.

With a jump from Garey McMahan, Taylor's car was back running and he was able to get to work.

"It makes me feel good, and then it's on to the next one," McMahan said.

At Floyd's Wrecker Service in South Knoxville, the phones were ringing off the hook.

"Well, we're having about three times the work load that we normally have, and we're running roughly an hour to an hour and a half behind most of our calls," said owner Terry Floyd.

Don Lindsey says it's a similar story at AAA.

"In this kind of extreme cold, we're getting basically three kinds of calls. Certainly batteries, a lot of dead batteries this morning, and a lot of lock outs too. People going out to the car, starting the car, shutting the door letting it warm up, and somehow or another can't get back in," Lindsey said.

Because of problems with antifreeze, Lindsey says a lot of cars were actually overheating.

"Leave the house understanding that anything can happen, and be prepared for it, even on short trips," Lindsey said.

He also says to make sure you keep extra layers in your car and keep your gas tank filled.

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