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Why snow, hitting car wheel arches can be fraught with danger.

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In winter, you can watch a typical scene for any snowfall: vehicles pass through fresh snow deposits, spreading snowballs by the wheels. The snow adheres to bumpers, doorsills and, especially intensively - to wheel arches. At first blush, everything is ok - the main thing is to keep the distance, to drive defensively and everything will be fine. However, it is on such days, a serious danger lies in wait for the car owner from the completely different side. The snow that adheres to wheel arches is not so harmless as it seems. While the car is on the move in the city traffic - there are no problems. The snow, even having infilled the wheel arches, remains sufficiently friable and any movement of the wheels when turning (for example, perpendicular street) brings down the accumulated snow mass, cutting it as a milling cutter.

With a long movement along the route, the situation may change. If you don't purge away the snow in the arch, it has time to firms up and become compressed. And if there were sites sprinkled with deicing agents on the route, then the mass in the wheel arches is also impregnated with thawed moisture. After some time, it freezes in the frost in a monolithic ice piece, practically "holding" the wheel with a minimum clearance. A similar picture can be observed when a car with strategic stocks of snow in the side panels is parked for the night. Snow is also turned into the ice by morning. And in this situation, you should be dead serious. First, ice can cover the suspension or brake components. In this case, attempts to turn the steering wheel can end sadly, for example, for rubber boots. Not knowing this, you will need in a fairly short time to repair the suspension. The case when the brake calipers and pads are covered with frozen water can be even omitted. The first attempt of braking can lead to an accident. But even if the important components and mechanisms are free of ice, it's too early to rejoice. The danger of the presence of a block of ice between the wheel and the wheel arch liner has not been canceled! When starting, the wheel can tear it completely or partially from the "comfort zone". In this case, most likely, its pieces will stick between the tire and the wheel arch liner. The effort developed by the wheel of the car will squeeze the ice into plastic, and maybe even into the metal side panel beneath it.

For this reason, the plastic wheel arch liner can partially or even in whole tear off and fly out onto the road, or get stuck in the suspension arms and damage a boot. Remembering the possibility of such consequences, it makes sense to watch carefully what happens in the arches of the wheels of your car. Especially in the snow flurry. To avoid the above problems, it is sufficient to perform a visual check of the wheel arches at each stop of the car for a long time.


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