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Is it common in the winter for the brakes to freeze over night on these?....mine seems to do it pretty frequent, and more so if im traveling in snow before stopping for the night
 

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go to drive off...resistance followed by a snap as they break free
 

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My GTI does this if I garage it wet overnight. In the morning a little resistance to moving then snap it's fine. Come to think of it the Golf R did it too.
 

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im wondering if its the 18 inch rim design or something....i know i was traveling in 2-2.5 feet of snow on the way to work one day and let it sit after a few hours while at work and it froze so bad it wouldnt move until i took traction control off......most the time it is just a little resistance and snap and away you go. Just wondering if its common, seems it does it frequent, maybe its the moisture and weather we have in my area
 

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I've had my tires freeze to the ground before, maybe that's what you're feeling? Stuff frozen inside the rim?

Unless that wet disk brake wiping feature is acting up ie. applying the brakes momentarily when you first take off? I do have a sticky front left caliper, and I do get some creaking in the morning (I guess until the brakes warm up a bit), but not consistent with cold weather.
 

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no it is not tire freeze or stuff in the rim it is very clearly caliper freezing.....never heard of disc wipe feature and im sure mine doesnt have it
 

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Or. slight rust coat, everyday not used, growing deeper.
lol no...i put 40k on a year, its lucky to sit still for 12 hrs
 

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Overnight is plenty enough time for light rust to get started on rotors in cold damp conditions.
it is far to cold for rust...even if it did lightly rust which isnt the case...it would not be enough to hold the car and need added throttle to break free
 

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I was going to say rust too (observed this on a lot of cars I've owned). But throttle to break free? On a diesel? My bet is frozen moisture.
 

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it is far to cold for rust...even if it did lightly rust which isnt the case...it would not be enough to hold the car and need added throttle to break free

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HUH?

You need three things for rust:

Ferrous metal
Moisture
Oxygen


It's been -20F here, and yes my break rotors are rusted... :surprise:
 

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My guess is you have an issue with the electronic parking brake. If it's sticky it'll resist movement and you'll sometimes get a loud noise if it disengages.

Never heard of nor experienced frozen ice on rotors. The only brake things deep snow messes up is the abs gadgetry, so you may get a stability system warning.
 

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:grin2:

HUH?

You need three things for rust:

Ferrous metal
Moisture
Oxygen


It's been -20F here, and yes my break rotors are rusted... :surprise:
its not rust.....even if it were there is zero chance it would require extra power to move.

My guess is you have an issue with the electronic parking brake. If it's sticky it'll resist movement and you'll sometimes get a loud noise if it disengages.

Never heard of nor experienced frozen ice on rotors. The only brake things deep snow messes up is the abs gadgetry, so you may get a stability system warning.
park brake was not used in any of the events
 

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its not rust.....even if it were there is zero chance it would require extra power to move.


park brake was not used in any of the events

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.
 
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