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    Snow buildup behind wheels

    It's been a messy winter so far - and snow/ice is continually building up behind my tires. You can hear it scrape when I make a turn. I had this problem on a previous vehicle - it went away when I attached mud flaps. Will that work on my CRV?

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    My experience as been that you'll always have snow buildup with or with out mudflaps.

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    I haven't tried it yet but you can apply silicone spray to the mudflaps and that might keep snow and ice from building up.

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    I still have build-up behind the wheel. It does scrape somestimes. All vehciles I've owned have had the problem. I can't think of one being worse than the other. I'd say the CR-V is a little better because the wheel-well is a little larger.

    The mudflaps will still help keep larger rocks and heavier dirt and mud form hitting the side of the car. That's protects the paint. Although due ot the shap of the bodywork, the large tires on the CR-V, and relatiely small fender overhangs, it still throws a lot of water and muck on the side of the car. When you hit large puddles, some of the water hits the windshield.


    The reality is that all cars will build-up snow/ice inside the fender wells because snow will tend to stick to a surface, then snow sticks to snow on that surface and it will continue to build-up when temepratures are at or below freezing. the only solution woudl be to have inflatable rubber mugards and fender liners ot breka off the snow, or to have electric heaters to melt off the ice.

    It doesn't affect vehicle operation, so I'd just ignore it. Its' not like you doing figure 8's or drive in circles all day long.
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    I have an 06 EX and found that there is much more build up (snow/mud) when I have the OEM mudflaps on. Now, that I've removed them, the side of the fender - behind the wheel well gets dirtier, but there is much less build up.
    I start to get a little concerned and safety conscious when the build up is so great that it is nearly touches the tire, so I figured I'd allow more room for excess mud/snow to leave teh well
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    The snow build up never gets to the wheel because it can't form to the tire if the tire is moving. A tire is alot tougher than a chunk of snow even if it did dislodge from the vehicle and defy gravity and ride the wheel up into the wheelwell vs. fall to the ground.

    Large rocks in wheelwells while off-roading, rare but has happened (not in a cr-v); chunks of snow in wheelwells while driving, never heard of a case.

    And the mudflaps are to keep dirt and rocks off the side of the vehicle and actually promote snow build up as there is more surface area...

    NO WORRIES.

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    I think the mud flaps helped in my previous vehicle because they're flexible and would periodically bend and sluff off the whole ice chunk (including the part attached to the rigid wheel well).

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    Quote Originally Posted by outdoorsy74 View Post
    The snow build up never gets to the wheel because it can't form to the tire if the tire is moving. A tire is alot tougher than a chunk of snow even if it did dislodge from the vehicle and defy gravity and ride the wheel up into the wheelwell vs. fall to the ground.

    Large rocks in wheelwells while off-roading, rare but has happened (not in a cr-v); chunks of snow in wheelwells while driving, never heard of a case.

    And the mudflaps are to keep dirt and rocks off the side of the vehicle and actually promote snow build up as there is more surface area...

    NO WORRIES.
    It won't reach the wheels while going straight but it can build up to the extent that there is interference when you turn the wheels. And yes you can end up with a chunk in the wheel well. The snow builds up and then you hit a pothole dislodging a lump of frozen snow. I spent 12 year in upstate New York with an average snowfall of 12 feet per year.

    I just started driving the Toyota 4x4 and had plenty of clearance.

    Now it's not an issue hear in Alabama.
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    snow buildup

    Quote Originally Posted by divediva View Post
    It's been a messy winter so far - and snow/ice is continually building up behind my tires. You can hear it scrape when I make a turn. I had this problem on a previous vehicle - it went away when I attached mud flaps. Will that work on my CRV?
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    Snow touches tire.

    So a hunk of snow or ice touches a tire. [B]BFD![B] I don't understand the big concern. I've been driving for 50 years in all types of terain and weather and have never heard of a problem caused from such. A big rock, maybe.
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