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Unread 02-03-2015, 07:44 AM   #1
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Iced up wheel?

So a few weeks ago I got stuck in my work parking lot in some real dense snow. I worked at it and got out after a couple minutes. I then drove home and parked on the street as I always do. Later that night I was going to go to the store, but the Jeep would barely move from the parking spot. I was able to drive less than 5mph. The traction control was kicking in and reducing engine power, so I turned it off. It was still sluggish and felt like it couldn't pull its own weight, though the engine was running fine. I could hear the rear differential clutches engaging. So I just kept giving it more gas and all of a sudden I hear a loud clunk and it drove normal again. I just figured something iced up and froze the wheel in place. Has this happened to anybody else?

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Unread 02-03-2015, 08:18 AM   #2
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Not to me personally but in freezing weather it can happen if accumulated snow/ice melts after you park due to the warmth of the engine or brakes then it refreezes in the brake pads or elsewhere thus locking up the wheel.
Parking in a garage that is above freezing for a couple of hours is the easiest fix.
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Unread 02-03-2015, 09:30 AM   #3
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So a few weeks ago I got stuck in my work parking lot in some real dense snow. I worked at it and got out after a couple minutes. I then drove home and parked on the street as I always do. Later that night I was going to go to the store, but the Jeep would barely move from the parking spot. I was able to drive less than 5mph. The traction control was kicking in and reducing engine power, so I turned it off. It was still sluggish and felt like it couldn't pull its own weight, though the engine was running fine. I could hear the rear differential clutches engaging. So I just kept giving it more gas and all of a sudden I hear a loud clunk and it drove normal again. I just figured something iced up and froze the wheel in place. Has this happened to anybody else?
happens to me all the time except the clunk happens the second I start moving. Just your brakes freezing up and then breaking free. Nothing to worry about.
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Unread 02-05-2015, 11:23 PM   #4
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Happened to me this winter as well I was like what the heck i had to drive around the apartment complex a couple times before the wheel finally released
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Unread 02-06-2015, 12:12 AM   #5
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Shouldnt happen all the time. I thought so too until this weekend when driving home i felt extra drag and discovered cooked brakes on front driver side.

Disassembled to find a stuck caliper. It was doing the same "clunk" noise anytime i started to move after sitting a while.

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happens to me all the time except the clunk happens the second I start moving. Just your brakes freezing up and then breaking free. Nothing to worry about.
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Unread 02-06-2015, 06:45 AM   #6
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Same thing happened to my 2005 Grand Cherokee, but now the air sensor light for my tires is lit on my dash. Wondering did I break something when the brake broke free? Any help would be great.
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Unread 02-06-2015, 08:34 AM   #7
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Battery probably died in the sensor. They only last about 5-10 years.
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Unread 02-07-2015, 07:17 AM   #8
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Well i mean it doesn't happen all the time just after driving around in snow storms. Ice gets everywhere
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