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post #21 of 36 Old 12-20-2016
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I've experienced frozen brakes on pretty much every car I've ever owned. It even happened on my T2 yesterday. You park the car in snowy conditions, the brakes are hot, snow melts and runs down onto rotors, calipers and pads, everything cools and freezes. It's as simple as that. No need to overthink it. Rust will not do this unless it was allowed to rust for a long, long time. And even then it would likely just squeal or grind until the rust is worn off.

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Yea, but when you park your car, your brakes are not on.

So your saying that the pads freeze to rotor. Or the ice bridge from pads to rotors, enough to have to "snap away". Or a whole bunch of shush melts and falls on your brakes, coat everything and refreeze.

It's not like fresh clean water that freeze @32 compared to the slop on the road that freeze at less.

Answer": Clean wheel wells before parking.

I never had brake freeze due to water EXCEPT rear drums filled with water. No drums for long time.

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You don't need to use it for it to have issues. The e brake can fail causing the caliper to lock up similar to symptoms that you describe.
I would tend to agree with you however it did it last winter, and not a single time all summer...and returned this winter. I even used the park brake in the summer once and a while to keep it functioning
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Maybe you parked on glue?
wouldnt be this place without crap adding nothing useful to the party i see. What next maybe its my lack of exhaust equipment fault?

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Yea, but when you park your car, your brakes are not on.

So your saying that the pads freeze to rotor. Or the ice bridge from pads to rotors, enough to have to "snap away". Or a whole bunch of shush melts and falls on your brakes, coat everything and refreeze.

It's not like fresh clean water that freeze @32 compared to the slop on the road that freeze at less.

Answer": Clean wheel wells before parking.

I never had brake freeze due to water EXCEPT rear drums filled with water. No drums for long time.
Well, I've never pulled the wheels to see exactly what's going on in there, but when the ambient is -20C or colder, any moisture on the pads, rotors or in between will freeze nearly instantly. Probably a "ridge" of ice on the rotor.

Cleaning the wheel wells doesn't help. Besides, everything freezes solid in the wheel well at those temperatures. It's a block of ice. The only way to remove it is to hot pressure wash or park in a heated garage.

I already clean out the back of my wheels as I get balance problems if I don't.

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I would tend to agree with you however it did it last winter, and not a single time all summer...and returned this winter. I even used the park brake in the summer once and a while to keep it functioning


wouldnt be this place without crap adding nothing useful to the party i see. What next maybe its my lack of exhaust equipment fault?
Doesnt make sense, but it is international here and English may not be your first language.

If you have no other intentions but to keep saying your brakes froze. I heard YOU AND DISAGREE.



Here is your fix: Store vehicle in temperature controlled environment. Or move where it never get below 32 Deg.

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I even used the park brake in the summer once and a while to keep it functioning
Don't you use the parking brake every time you park?

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What wheels and what size are you running? Factory or not?

A set of 17 inch factory wheels would be the least likely to do this. Not a lot of room for slush buildup inside of them. The larger the wheel, the more room for snow to collect, the more likely this problem.
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I'm running 20" Ayers Rock for winter. They came with the car. I wanted 18" wheels for winter, and may go this route when the current ones wear out. But the 20" Ayers Rock wheels look so nice.

I know 20" is not ideal for winter, but I've been pleasantly surprised at how well they have performed so far (even though the tires are Michelin).

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Try to find a set of 17 inch rims for some winter tires.

And keep the 20 inch tires for the rest of the year.

The compromise would be to run 18 inch all year.
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I have another set of 20" aftermarket that I run in the summer. These also came with the car.
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