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How to Remove Tar & Gravel From Tires

Road tar and gravel come from the newly resurfaced or paved roads. The tar is sticky and clings to car tires. Once the tar sticks to your tires, it picks up gravel, and your tires become covered with tar and gravel. Your tires are very important -- second only to your brakes -- as they assist in the prevention of skidding. Removing the tar and gravel from your car tire is an easy procedure.

Things You'll Need
Plastic knife
Scrub brush
Linseed oil
Tar-removing product (kerosene or Prep-Sol)
Water-dispersing products (WD-40 or RP-7)
Use the plastic knife and the screwdriver to scrape off the tar. The plastic knife will help prevent puncturing or damaging the rubber. If you use a screwdriver, be careful to avoid piercing the tire.
Use the stiff scrubbing brush -- and lots of elbow grease and detergent -- to scrub off the tar. Try to remove as much tar and gravel as possible.
Apply the linseed oil on the tires and let it seep into the tar for about 25 minutes. Take your plastic knife and attempt to scrape off more tar.
If you have not removed all of the tar, apply a tar-removing product on the car tires. You can safely use kerosene or a cleaning solvent such as Prep-Sol, which is designed to remove tar, dirt and road film. Water-dispersing products like WD-40 or RP-7 can also be used, as they dissolve the tar. You'll need patience and elbow grease. Read the directions regarding the amount of the product to apply and how long to wait between applications -- you may need do more than one.
Thoroughly wash your tires with detergent, water and the scrubbing brush to get rid of any residue from the tar-removing product.

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Yes sand and cement mixed with the gravel.

Another thing you can use is 'cold planings', (that is what it is called in the UK) and is what they skim off the top of the road when they are resurfacing. You will find it in various locations. Ask your local Roads Department.

Or you could use your gravel as a base, have it rolled and then asphalted (tarmacked).

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when ever i start to go from being parked my traction control comes on, only lasts for a few seconds. It happens on paved parkinglot, gravel. it doesnt happen all the time maybe once or twice for a couple of days and then maybe not at all for a couple of days. It happened 3 times today. I had a diagnostic done on it and they said nothing came up. It is a 2005.

Did you have "diagnostics" performed, or did you just have somebody pull OBD codes from your engine computer? Trust me, there is a BIG difference! Most traction control fault codes will not show up on a generic OBD scan tool. You need to scan your Antilock Brake System (ABS) module as well as perform a "vehicle-specific" scan on your Powertrain Control Module (PCM). (This cannot be done at your local parts store.)

There is also a Technical Service Bulletin (TSB) published by General Motors concerning intermittent traction control and other possible problems due to water getting into connector C305 and causing electrical short circuits. TSB Reference Number: 01-08-45-005E (Checking for this TSB SHOULD have been included in any attempt at a "diagnosis"). This TSB may or may not have any relation to your problem, but a thorough diagnostic check will verify this.

If this is happening when your tires are slipping on gravel in a paved parking lot, it may be perfectly normal operation. In this case, your traction control is only telling you that it is taking control of the wheel slip - especially if it happens when you are accelerating quickly.

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Have your transmission and transfer case checked, this could be the only parts broken on the basis of what you have told us. when you said you heard gears grinding, it is better to replace them.

In your case, I would presume that you were driving on a paved road, Engaging your 4WD on a paved road and doing 80-100km would really damage your 4WD system. wetness of a paved road is not enough to justify the use of your 4WD because there is enough traction on both front and rear tires that could cause your gears to resist each other.

It would be a different case if you drive at 80-100km on a dirt road or off road, i will assure you nothing wrong will happen.

You may still engage your 4WD on a wet paved road but do only a 60 or below.

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