Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Portola Valley, CA
Car Year: 1998
Car Model: Forester
brakes freezing in v. cold weather?
Hmm... no other threads in this forum... hope someone reads this!
I just made a long road trip in my Forrie, from Philadelphia to Montana via Minnesota and Wisconsin. We stopped overnight outside Madison, and when we got on the road the next day, the brakes were very stiff. I.e., when I pressed on the brake pedal, there was a lot of resistance and very little braking. After a lot of pressing, they came back, but throughout that day, usually after long periods of driving on the highway when we didn't use the brakes (and were slowing down to pull into a rest station or something), that stiffness came back and I really had to jam on the pedal to get them to work.
The temperature that day was -7 F, -30 with wind chill. So I'm thinking that something in the brake line was freezing up during those long periods of disuse, and we haven't experienced it since driving through those temps. Does that sound plausible? If so, is there any way to prevent it? If that doesn't sound like the answer, what else might it be?