Recomendation for clearing water/ice from brakes?

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Hello all,

Out ice climbing yesterday and drove through a few river crossings on the way.
It was about -10C/14F. My emergency brake cables froze solid and my rear brakes were freezing up each time I stopped.

What's a good way to clear this up on the trail without resorting to a torch and taking the rear drums off?

I was thinking Windshield washer spray to melt the ice and brake cleaner to dry it all out again, but I'd like to hear how more experienced 4wheelers handle this.

Thanks,
 
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I have not crossed water this cold, but in my experience I ride the brakes to heat them up and burn off the water that hangs out in there. Might work for you.
 
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Thanks,

Rode the brakes hard after each crossing - on the last crossing it took about 100 yards before I had full brakes again.

Front brakes were fine but even after about 10 miles of driving the rears would still freeze up if I let sat for more than a minute.
 

fjman

 
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I just learned this a couple of months ago, mine were frozen solid!
 
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Five days later and I finally had time to pull my rear drums off.
There was a good amount of ice and sludge jammed in there.
Now I know why my brakes felt so strange.

Seems that mud would be just as likely to get stuck in there as the ice was.
Do most people just hose the drums out at the carwash on the way home?





 
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