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Old 01-25-2005, 12:03 PM   #1
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With some of the heavy snow fall amounts this season, and having to drive, stop, and park in deep snow, the snow gets caught in the wheels. Then, when getting to clearer roads, anything above about 60 mph will cause the car to "shake, rattle, and roll". It could be front or back, depending on where the snow is. This happens with my car, my son'* '99 Grand Prix, and daughter-in-law'* '98 Grand Am. Suspension parts are in good shape, and aligned and balanced properly. A trip to the car wash to clear it out solves the problem. Anyone know of a preventative measure for this, short of not driving in the snow?
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take some cardboad and cut it to the size of your rims, then attach with duct tape...

no snow ill get in


haha, jk...nope, i dont think there is anything you can do, happens all the time to me
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same exact thing happened to me today and i've never had it happen before. My car was shaking uncontrollably at any speed above 30mph, like a wheel was going to fall off. Turned out the ice had built up on the rims. My roomate called me from work and said she was having the same problem. Maybe it was the 3 feet of snow we just got??
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wow talk about coinceadence (spelling) as I was driving home I felt my wheels shake
as well and thats what I thought. snow in the wheels. so I to went to onf those powerwash places. problem solved.
these 20 spokes really collect the snow.
damn snow
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Harofreak, my dad who believes there'* no problem that duct tape can't fix would love that solution! This is the first car that I've had that vibrates this violently with the snow in the wheels. Thanks for the responses!
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Default Snow and Mud in Wheel well and Tires/Rims

Unfortunatly you cannot avoid buildup of material such as mud or snow in the wheel well or rims. THe only suggestion is to try and remove by kicking the slush from the wheel well when you are about to take off and go to a spray car wash and hose out your rims.

My 2000 has the 17inch 11 spole rim and yes they do collect a lot of snow up here in Canada. No matter how often I clean them I always get shaking at about 50mph (100kph)

You could try and use a winter steel rim with a solid hubcap. This will limit the amount of snow enterin the rim. ALTHOUGH this would look god awfull but it may help.
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Yea the big snow in NJ did the same to me last week. Funny thing is that it seems to only happens after you let the car set overnight, like the heat from the rotors melts snow from the top and it all falls to the bottom side of the wheel and freezes. The next morning I got about 5 miles up the road and turned around, drove back to the local car wash and for $2.25 fixed the problem.

While standing there watching the car freeze up I was thinking "heated wheels" would be a nice Idea
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The same thing happens to my car when it sits out in the snow. A wheel that is out of balance by just one ounce will cause a noticeable vibration at 55 mph. I bought a cheap toilet brush at Wal-Mart and keep it in the trunk to clean the snow out of the backside of the rims. If I could get all of the crap out of the garage, I could put the car in there at night and not have to worry about it.
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