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Old 01-28-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default The official "I drove through some snow, and now my car shakes" thread

I guess I'll jump on the official bandwagon.

If you just drove through a bunch of snow, didn't hit anything, and now your car shakes going down the road it's most likely the 10lbs of snow you have packed into each wheel.

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ps. Buttdyno should add all these to the suspension sticky so nobody will read them.
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:24 PM   #2
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Hot tip for removing said snow (because the shaking can get downright violent above 50 MPH or so): drag the brakes for a few minutes, stop the car and then poke it out of the wheels with your wee little fingers, being mindful NOT to touch the rotors while you're in there. Not that I speak from experience or anything...
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Old 01-28-2009, 04:41 PM   #3
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Hot tip for removing said snow (because the shaking can get downright violent above 50 MPH or so): drag the brakes for a few minutes, stop the car and then poke it out of the wheels with your wee little fingers, being mindful NOT to touch the rotors while you're in there. Not that I speak from experience or anything...
Wait wait wait wait, now just hold on....

Are you actually advocating that someone REMOVE the snow that's causing the vibration?

BRILLIANT!!!!
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:14 PM   #4
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ps. Buttdyno should add all these to the suspension sticky so nobody will read them.


Sad but true

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Old 01-28-2009, 08:06 PM   #5
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Us in cali do not have the joys of snow. but still enjoy the posts and threads like these.

This thread is hillariousnneses ! !
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Old 01-28-2009, 11:27 PM   #6
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This can particularly happen when you drive through snow/slush and then park the car outside where it's below freezing. Everything runs to the lowest part of the rim and re-freezes and the balance is all thrown off. First time it happened to me I about crapped myself.
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Old 01-29-2009, 12:52 PM   #7
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man were gettin pounded here in upstate ny with snow. this happens to me every day. whats even worse is all the snow and slush that gets frozen between your tire and fender liners.. you essentially lose suspension. lol
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:21 PM   #8
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And when you make a sharp turn it sounds like a table saw

And we finally got snow here in Raleigh, 6.5" where I'm at. Hasn't snowed this much in 4 years!!
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:29 PM   #9
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I guess I'll jump on the official bandwagon.

If you just drove through a bunch of snow, didn't hit anything, and now your car shakes going down the road it's most likely the 10lbs of snow you have packed into each wheel.

That is all.

-Clint

ps. Buttdyno should add all these to the suspension sticky so nobody will read them.
LOL I wish everything else was this simple

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Us in cali do not have the joys of snow. but still enjoy the posts and threads like these.

This thread is hillariousnneses ! !
Drive 270 miles northwest to a little town called Mammoth Lakes, then tell me *we* in Cali do not have the joys of snow. *For added fun* - hit up one of the mountain parkinglots about 30-45 mins after the mountain closes within a few days of a storm. Make sure to engage your emergency lights
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:54 PM   #10
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Yes, snow pack ruins fun.

Go inside for dinner. Come out and see 3" of fresh snow in parking lot. Proceed to do stupid things slideways for 10 minutes. Drive home at 45mph on the freeway because I forgot to clean the snow out of the wheels


The effect is less with a smaller diameter wheel. If you run 18's in the winter you're more screwed than the guy running 15's. Rotational inertia has a radius term that is squared. All the more reason to run 15's and used rally tires in the winter!








Oh, and the day after you have all that fun....when your exhaust sounds like its broken because its rumbling under your feet instead of out the muffler, its just the inane amount of snow packed around the trans mount and x-member that has turned to ice and effectively solid mounted the tranny. moar
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:47 PM   #11
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The effect is less with a smaller diameter wheel. If you run 18's in the winter you're more screwed than the guy running 15's. Rotational inertia has a radius term that is squared. All the more reason to run 15's and used rally tires in the winter!
Wouldn't suggest that bolded part, the tires are the same (or harder) as a summer tire. Hockey pucks.

15's and snows? Sure!
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:34 PM   #12
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I remember the first time this happened. I pulled over and thought that I had a flat. Then it got to the point of I was doing about 50 MPH till the exit ramp and then I used my common sense while debating what it was in a parking lot right off the ramp. knocked the snow out and Fixed! Haha, live and learn!
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:36 PM   #13
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It happened to me after my first batch of scoobnuts back in January 2003 as well. Further proof that we were all n00bs once
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:15 PM   #14
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you mean something like my friend watson 29


or me?
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:56 PM   #15
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:50 PM   #16
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Love this thread. First time it happened to me, wasn't sure what was going on. Got out and pushed all snow ou/off the car and fixed it. Now i keep a bar with a rubber sleeve on it to push the snow/ice out.


I love seeing this \/ and not feeling it shake.

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Old 01-29-2009, 08:07 PM   #17
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Can TiC design a tool specific for cleaning snow out of my steelies? Pretty please!

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Old 01-29-2009, 09:04 PM   #18
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wow, i thought i was alone in this matter. i felt like an idiot when i realized what the vibration was from.
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Old 01-30-2009, 04:02 AM   #19
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hahahaha yes! every winter day for two years this has happened to me in CO and im not so much alone anymore. Most of my buddies drive fwd cars thinking an e-brake 180 is the same as drifting so you can imagine my reaction when we start going on about my car being the only one with snow caked in its rims after a drift session ill have a rally video up soon to demonstrate this phenomenon...
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get out the old water hose. best re-balancing tool ever for snow packed rims
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^^^^ ZOMG I'LL TAKE THREE!!

Also, payment plan so i can save money pls.
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Hahahaha

OR that guy that does the slap chop, gawd I can't stand him.
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Hot tip for removing said snow (because the shaking can get downright violent above 50 MPH or so): drag the brakes for a few minutes, stop the car and then poke it out of the wheels with your wee little fingers, being mindful NOT to touch the rotors while you're in there. Not that I speak from experience or anything...
Draging the brakes only ever got the fronts for me. I usually just take the handle of my snow scrapper to get the rears.
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