Taking care of your car in the cold

The cold weather does more than just dump snow on the ground and create icy conditions, your car can see problems with the tires, engine, gas lines and battery.

Bismarck Tire Center service manager Aaron Zahn says to check tire pressure regularly, because on average a tire can lose two pounds of air for every 10 degree drop.

If your car has been sitting for a while, let it run for 10 to 15 minutes to let the oil thin out. And if it's going from one extreme to the other, make sure you have enough gas, otherwise you can have issues in your gas line.

"When it's really cold outside especially people a lot of them have heated garages, they'll put the garage in the car and it gets hot and cold hot and cold and you can get condensation in your gas,” said Zahn. “So you're better off to leave the gas tank at least half full or fuller."

As for your battery, most last an average of four years, so if you're hitting that point. it might be time to get it checked.