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Old 11-22-2012, 11:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I hope someone out there can help me with a dilema. I went into town today to get my brake rotors turned and left the gv up on jack stands for a few hours. Well by the time I got back a snow storm brewed up, and snow blew into the hub area behind where the rotor goes. I wiped out most of it but not all of it. And then I finished up doing the brakes. I was wondering if that remaning snow can cause problems with seizing and rusting? Where I live its been really cold but supposed to warm up above freezing tomorrow. I was told if i leave it to melt then freeze it will cause problems.
I was curious if I could just drive around for a while to heat up the brakes and hopfully melt some of that snow? Or should I take the brakes and rotor off to clean up the snow? Any advice would be much appreciated!
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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....last evening, we went for a drive to do groceries, and to top up the tire air pressure in winter tires: on arrival at the garage, I noticed that the front alloy rims were nice and warm (and, the brake assembly, too: we live in the most mountainous region of Quebec). But not distressingly hot, nor out of spec IMO. The temperature outdoors at that time was -1C (see my Sig for Vitara specs).

I was thinking to myself: "...this is great, because any ice over winter would vaporize out of wheel assembly without any/much intervention...."

Because your temperatures are expected to go up (above freezing?):

If this were me in your situation, I would drive around a bit using the brakes more often than you would do normally, and drive it into a heated self-wash car wash with compressed air device, then give your brake assemblies a few shots...

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Thanks for the reply. I think I'll do your suggestion and just drive around using the brakes more often. I was told that the snow isn't the problem; the problem would be if the snow melts and then rapidly freezes again. But unfortunately I live in the mountains way away from any town and far away from any car wash. And I only drive to the city every couple of weeks. But I think just driving around should melt it away. But either way I really need a good underbody washing, Its really muddy under there. When I was doing the brakes I noticed everything was covered in an inch of mud. Why is the GV so good in mud!
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It's good in mud for the same reason it's good in snow: 25% of its weight on each wheel.
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"It's good in mud for the same reason it's good in snow: 25% of its weight on each wheel."

...its quite rare to have a vehicle exactly (or, within 2~3%) equal in weight out of the factory at all 4 wheels (especially after filling the fuel tanks, adding weighty options, adding a 3rd passenger (in the rear seat), adding 220-kilos of cargo in rear storage for an expedition, etc). However(!), the GV (the 2nd generation anyway) have their fuel tanks split 50/50% left/right at near center of vehicle.

There are many good reasons to have a split or compartmentalized fuel tank (crash safety; vehicle weight distribution; leak mitigation; etc, etc, etc, etc)

....I wonder who on the Forum has ever weighed their GV at a professional road scale, each wheel separately: bone stock, then loaded for bear (a local expression) ?
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I would imagine the 25/25/25/25 is measured with the vehicle empty. But if the point is that the GV has inherently better performance due to the weight distribution, then it will retain this advantage over other vehicles because they too would be weighed empty.

Just looking at the GV's proportions, loading it up would degrade the weight distribution, as would climbing a steep hill. On the other hand, loading up a station wagon or pickup truck improves their very poor weight distribution.

Too bad Suzuki America was too dumb to jump on this weight distribution plus the low range, (plus "frame" and longitudinal engine) give the combination of features a fancy name, and push/market it really hard. Like Subaru, Jeep, Audi and so many others did with their "special" systems.
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Hey! This topic is supposed to be about snow in the hub and brake assembly! Lets get back on topic people! So I drove around for a couple of hours using the brakes more than ussual and I'm sure all the snow melted away
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"So I drove around for a couple of hours using the brakes more than ussual and I'm sure all the snow melted away"

Sorry for getting off topic (the mud under the truck lead to LD discussion) !!

Glad that the brakes appear to be functioning well.

...when we lived in "....the big city...", I would regularly take our truck(s) indoors to a heated facility for 3~5 hours once a week (or so). The theory here is: any ice in critical parts or connectors will melt/dry out. I always used a compressed air nozzle to blow out the brake assy, too while indoors. I understand that you have absolutely no way to get your vehicle indoors (in the remote locale you're in), however, it sure would be ideal if a local facility would/could accommodate this for you-- even if just for an hour
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Yes that would be great to be able to go work on the gv indoors. But unfortunatly the nearest city only has a handfull of shops and to even get your vehicle in is a pain. Usually you have to wait around 2 weeks just to get tires installed or an oil change. So being able to get into a shop to do personal work is impossible. I'm hoping to one day just build a little shop/garage with heat. That would be a great project and would really come in handy when working on a vehicle when its -40 degrees. But the other day I went driving up the mountains to go ice fishing and coming back down the mountain was a breeze with the new brakes. And having good AT/snow tires really helped
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