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Ice and slush forming inside the wheel and throwing it off balance?

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Ice and slush forming inside the wheel and throwing it off balance?

Hi guys,

I came across a situation twice where both times, some slush and ice had built up on the inside wheel and caused enough of a problem to throw it off horribly off balance. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? Or do the wheels themselves need a rebalancing if an uneven layer of snow and ice and throw it off and cause crazy vibration?
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Blainville
Well, the best solution is to park your car in a heated garage, if you do not own one, I suggest you buy one :)
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when it's really bad, you'll have to hose it off with water.
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m4gician wrote:
Jan 23rd, 2013 4:39 pm
Hi guys,

I came across a situation twice where both times, some slush and ice had built up on the inside wheel and caused enough of a problem to throw it off horribly off balance. Is there a way to prevent this from happening? Or do the wheels themselves need a rebalancing if an uneven layer of snow and ice and throw it off and cause crazy vibration?
Its not permanent and no there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Best you can do is pull over and try to kick the worst of it off or stab at it with a snowbrush.
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Need to allow slushsnow to melt; go to indoor shopping centre.
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Sauga
Do you have alloy wheels or steel wheels? FWIW, this issue is not uncommon with alloy wheels.
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wait til next Monday or earlier part of the week. It's going to be on the "+" side.
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i keep on having the same thing happen. weirdly enough though it hasnt happened on previous winters. ive just been using the pressure that the coinop hoses have (so they dont freeze) to remove/soften the buildup. no way im paying $3 just to hose the wheels lolz.
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Had the same issues on my 2000 golf back in the day. It had alloy wheels btw. The ice that was stuck to the inside of the rims was so bad that I wasn't able to drive over 60km/h. I always used a coin pressure washers to take care of this problem.
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VWGolfMK4 wrote:
Jan 23rd, 2013 6:52 pm
its common, drive faster and it'll dislodge.
I think this happened once before with mud. I couldn't drive faster because of the snow conditions but I pulled over and actually had to stick my fingers in the wheel spokes to try and dislodge the snow. Got enough of it off and it rolled better.
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Yes. Another thing I notice is the rubber getting a temporary flat spot, which goes away after a few minutes.
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Clay, polish, sealant and wax your wheels?

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