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    I just had a conversation at work about the road salt being used by the local councils....
    Apparently it has Molasses added to it in an attempt to make it stick to the roads better (yay), unfortunately this means it'll also stick to our car's better (not yay).
    It also attracts wild animals onto the roads too apparently, which is the last thing I need again.

    Anyhoo, reading up a bit on an Alfa forum I came across today, there have apparently been a number of Vauxhalls experiencing brake failures due to the sticky nature of this new road salt.
    I take these claims with a pinch of road salt myself (heh), but I have noticed my brakes not performing quite so well over the past few days, they feel a little bit like the brake fluid is overheating/boiling. There is also definately a slight build up of sticky gunk under the wheel arches.

    Any experiences from anyone else? and how the heck do we get this stuff off our cars before it eats through the exhaust and any other vulnerable parts?

    The tyre/exhaust places and the other dodgy garages will quids in after this winter i'll bet.

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    I thought it was just me, I've noticed a real change in my breaking performance over the last week or so. The ABS has been working over time for me in Northampton.

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    http://www.thedeicingbusiness.com/pdfs/Thawrox+.pdf

    Kent council use this product, I don't know about other Councils though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ste View Post
    http://www.thedeicingbusiness.com/pdfs/Thawrox+.pdf

    Kent council use this product, I don't know about other Councils though.
    Interesting to note that the users say they have fewer problems with corrosion & better wash down of vehicles

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    Rather than problems with the brakes, I suspect that it is simply down to the poor grip on the surface. This stuff, whilst it does melt the ice, is notorious for leaving a lower level of grip than a clean road. Ask any self respecting biker about it. Do you notice that your car is keener to squirm and spin the wheels under acceleration than at other times of the year? If so, that eliminates the brakes from the problem and it is simply a lower level of road grip than normal.

    Roll on Spring and a good downpour to clear the roads.

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    Well I'm Glad I'm off the road. I haven't driven for nearly three weeks, and can't for at least another three. The car is still covered with the first bought of snow, and the brakes are fine! I guess some more good has come of my condition!

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    noticed stopping distance is greater now! since they have been gritting the roads!

    good job i'm a careful driver!

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    Thumbs up Northampton

    yea breaking distances have altered in Northampton for me as well. didn't know about this stuff will keep an eye out for residue build up. thanks for the info.

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    Grip isn't the issue really, the ABS does'nt kick in. The brake friction just doesn't feel "right". As I said it's almost like overheating, only it's not. It improved today after the rain we had here.

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    unfortunately it is

    your ABS only kicks in once it detects the wheels have stopped moving. Doesnt mean that the stuff on the road hasnt got a bit of "slip" in it to reduce friction between the road and the tyre.

    There is a notable lack of grip on the roads at the moment, and i highly suspect that the business about failing brakes is rubbish. Just ignore it.

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