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Unread 12-16-2010, 09:41 PM   #1
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need advice from someone up north

Last winter I broke a bracket off my axle because I had a huge amount of ice build up around my suspension parts and there was no flex so something had to give. What I am needing to know is, is there any trick or tip you could give me to stop or at least slow down the ice build up around all those control arms, shocks and coils so I don't break another part?


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Unread 12-16-2010, 10:43 PM   #2
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Not too much you can do. If you WD40 the heck out of it that will help prevent some of the water from sticking on but it certainly isn't a cure.
Only real answer is to make sure you periodically crawl under there and knock ice off.

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Unread 12-17-2010, 08:40 AM   #3
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Thank you , that's what I was afraid of. I have heard of zip tying a plastic bag down there to deflect the water that is splashing. Seems like it could work. Maybe I'll do both ideas.

When you smell rubber burning and look out the window and see your rear axle has slid over to the point of tires hitting coils its kind of unnerving.

Any more ideas?

Thanks again.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 08:45 AM   #4
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Try spraying your suspension down with that ice preventer fror windshield, that might work and do it periodically. You can get it at auto zone or wal mart I think
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Unread 12-17-2010, 10:20 AM   #5
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it built up like that while u were wheeling?
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Unread 12-17-2010, 11:20 AM   #6
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Last winter we had a major snow/ice storm at Christmas and I was out pullin people out of the bar ditches and fields and had to take wife to work. So running up and down the highway it built up to about the size of a volleyball around the area of the axle/shocks/coil/rear control arms.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 11:50 AM   #7
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Trick is to knock em off as soon as you stop. Usually can do with a broom handle. Its when the build up off snow/ice sits on the jeep for awhile it freezes hard as a rock. We call em fender burgs
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Unread 12-17-2010, 01:30 PM   #8
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I've lived in New England/NY my whole life and have never heard of this happening.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 01:38 PM   #9
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I drove 24/7 in the 2 snow storms we had last year in Philly pullin people out of stuff climbing the snow plow mounds at the malls all day trips in the woods etc and never broke anything. maybe every once and a while u need to flex the suspension and it will knock itself off
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Unread 12-17-2010, 03:28 PM   #10
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strangest thing i ever heard of steal verse ice? sounds like something else was going on.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 05:39 PM   #11
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Yeah I have never seen anything like that.
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Unread 12-17-2010, 06:50 PM   #12
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Well I had to use a hammer to bust it all off. Then 4 hours of welding and using a come-a-long to get the axle recentered.......... it does happen.

Thanks for all the advice. I think I will try the windshield de-icer this winter.
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Unread 12-25-2010, 06:33 PM   #13
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What I had to do for my plants back when I lived the the parents (In south ga) when the two freezes a year hit, was to throw a tarp over them and put a space heater in their. It works really well to keep it warm. But I guess you could only do that when you are parked at your place.
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Unread 12-25-2010, 06:47 PM   #14
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If this happens again I would like to see some picture... I never had an issue with it.. but it could be our new england vehicles are layered with so much salt... damn salt
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