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Published January 13, 2013, 08:54 PM

Tips to keep your car running smoothly in colder temperatures

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- As we settle in these next few bitterly cold days, those low temperatures can take a toll on your vehicle. Experts say there are things you can do to keep your car running smoothly.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- As we settle in these next few bitterly cold days, those low temperatures can take a toll on your vehicle. Experts say there are things you can do to keep your car running smoothly.

Life doesn't stop for winter so when it's below zero and the car won't start... that can be a headache.

Jaime Raden/Fargo: "There's been times where I just try and start it twice. So, it's not fun."

But there are some things you can do to make winter driving a little easier on your car and your nerves. Check the oil, battery, and tire pressure.

Elizabeth Erickson/Sears Auto Shop: "Once the cold hits, the tires are going to go flat because of the temperature drop. So, you want to get all of that checked."

Make sure you have plenty of antifreeze to keep your engine from freezing up. For ice on the windshield, special, cold-weather wiper fluid can help.

Elizabeth: "It's always good to put the windshield washer fluid in there that is for 30 and below."

When it is THIS cold out, meaning ten degrees or lower, it's a good idea to let your car run for a few minutes before putting it in drive. This allows the oil to thin out and circulate completely.

Have plenty of gas in your tank -

Crystal Rinkenberger/NDSU Student: "My dad always said to keep a full tank of gas, or not let it go past a quarter."

Not only does that keep gas lines from freezing, but it could be a lifesaver if you get stranded. Also, don't forget to put a survival kit in your car , with a blanket, flashlight, food and water.

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