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Old 02-25-2011, 12:52 PM   #1
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So, interesting problem today. I'm in michigan, and of course we've been pounded with snow. My apartment parking lot never gets plowed, and when they do, they plow the cars into the spots. This has never been a problem for my Impreza, until today.

I think my rearwheels are actually frozen to the ground/snow. When I try to back up or even pull forward, I have to rev quite a bit to get anything to happen (At least, without stalling out), which is already hard on my clutch. But when I finally did break something free, only my front wheels spin. My parking brake is off, and the light is off as well, so I don't think it's a frozen parking brake. I tried for a little bit, then gave up as I was worried about my differential being damaged by the front wheels spinning, without the rear.

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Old 02-25-2011, 01:02 PM   #2
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So, interesting problem today. I'm in michigan, and of course we've been pounded with snow. My apartment parking lot never gets plowed, and when they do, they plow the cars into the spots. This has never been a problem for my Impreza, until today.

I think my rearwheels are actually frozen to the ground/snow. When I try to back up or even pull forward, I have to rev quite a bit to get anything to happen (At least, without stalling out), which is already hard on my clutch. But when I finally did break something free, only my front wheels spin. My parking brake is off, and the light is off as well, so I don't think it's a frozen parking brake. I tried for a little bit, then gave up as I was worried about my differential being damaged by the front wheels spinning, without the rear.

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That's crazy. I don't have much experience in snow, but maybe get a bucket of hot water, pour it on/around the tires and immediately move it?
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:15 PM   #3
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Are they snow tires?
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:19 PM   #4
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Use deicer and sprinkle some around your tires, then put some gravel down in the travel path. THEN use warm (not hot) water if you have access. This way, once you get unstuck you can drive up on the gravel which will keep you above the puddle.

I'm sure you know that in cold weather you never use your parking brake... chocks and in gear my friend.
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Old 02-25-2011, 02:30 PM   #5
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I really doubt your tires are THAT frozen to the ground. unfortunately you probably have bigger problems. Brakes may be frozen/seized. E-brake seized. Diff shot.
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:00 AM   #6
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Old 02-26-2011, 07:08 AM   #7
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Your brakes could be frozen. That happens to me a lot, especially after doing donuts or ice racing. Snow gets on the hot brakes, then as things cool down it all freezes. Sometimes I've had to launch pretty damn hard to break it loose.

Alternatively, a pot of hot water if available does wonders.
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:17 PM   #8
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Put a couple jacks and stands under the car. Once it's off the ground, should be much easier to figure out what the issue is.
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Old 02-27-2011, 12:04 PM   #9
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WOW that is crazy how did you finally break loose???
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:44 PM   #10
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I've had this happen recently as well. It does seem like the tires freeze to the ground as well as the brakes sticking slightly. Only had the issue when temps were anywhere from -35f to -5f with snow on the ground. Never had an issue getting unstuck though. Just rev the engine up and disengage the clutch somewhat quickly (allowing it to slip just a bit).
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