This Is Your Sign To Kick That Crap Off Your Wheel Well
We've all seen it on other cars or we've all been that car that dries around with so much snow and salt built up in their wheel well you wonder how the tires are even able to move.
It's not uncommon to see people at gas stations, in parking lots, etc., kicking the crap out of these chunks of gunk on their cars or using an ice scraper like a civilized person and turns out, this is one of the most important parts of winter car maintenance.
Recently, I saw a Facebook post reminding people to remove those big hunks of road slush off your wheel wells as it can actually be pretty sharp and slice open your tires (especially when you turn).
After reading that, something clicked and I immediately went out to the parking lot at the station and curb-stomped that stuff off...it's honestly kind of fun in an "oddly satisfying" kind of way.
Then, the other day we got snow up to my knees, I was coming down with a sinus infection and did not have the energy or space to get it all off. Well, as I was driving on the highway my car started to shake and I immediately thought something was terribly wrong and got an oil change.
Later, I was at the grocery store trying to kick off a chunk that was really stuck in there when a nice man stopped and offered his steel-toed boot to help...nothing.
Turns out, not only can this snow and slush trapped in your wheels make your car off-balance but it can cause a slew of other issues as well.
According to Wheels.ca, these "fenderbergs" can also cause suspension issues and premature tire wear.
So if you need to get out your frustrations, go out there and kick the crap out of that caked-on snow; however, if that does not work It Still Runs suggests a few other ways to get rid of it including a hammer, a chisel, melting it out, and a few ways to actually prevent it.
Here are a few other things you will need to keep in mind or keep handy for a Michigan winter:
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