Brake dust forms when brakes are applied, resulting in burnt grit from the disc and pads. It appears as dark gray or charcoal-colored that accumulates on wheel rims. It contains iron particles, carbon residue, and debris from the pads and rims. If left unattended, it sticks to the rims, and then it becomes harder to remove it.
Accumulated dirt can cause several problems over time. It can corrode the protective coating on rims, permanently damaging steel or aluminum wheels. Additionally, the sharp metal fragments in the dust can damage the vehicle’s paint, eroding the clear coat and exposing the body to rust. Inhaling these iron fragments poses a health risk, potentially harming the lungs. The dust commonly occurs during stop-and-start driving as pressure on the rotors shaves off small particles from the pads. If left untreated it can eventually cause etching and staining on aluminum wheels that are challenging to fix.
Moreover, prolonged exposure to specific types of dust is believed to have a rare link to cancer. Therefore, to preserve the aesthetics of your wheels and potentially safeguard your health, it is recommended to regularly clean your wheels as part of your vehicle’s maintenance routine.
Wheel Cleaner is specifically designed to provide thorough cleaning for rims, particularly targeting stubborn black dirt. Its unique formula effectively loosens it, allowing for easy removal using a high-pressure cleaner. This cleaning process also helps eliminate other dirt accumulated from traffic.
Utilize a pressure washer
When dealing with stubborn baked-on dirt, a pressure washer proves to be highly effective. Begin by applying your preferred cleaner onto the affected area, and then use the pressure washer to spray down the rim. It is advisable to start with low pressure and gradually increase if necessary. In case it remains stubborn even with high pressure, simply reapply cleaner to the area and repeat the rinsing process.
The use of a dry-vapor steamer
Dry-vapor steamers are commonly used in the automotive industry for interior detailing, but their effectiveness in cleaning brake dust is often overlooked. These steamers produce low moisture vapor, which lifts dirt to the surface, making it easy to wipe away with minimal effort. To clean it using a dry-vapor steamer, start by applying a cleaning solution and allowing it to sit for the recommended time to loosen the dirt. Then, use the dry-vapor steamer around the rim. The combination of the cleaning solution and the steam will effectively dissolve and remove any grime. Repeat this process if necessary.
Dry-vapor cleaning is considered one of the most efficient and safe methods of cleaning. It requires minimal scrubbing to reduce the risk of damaging your wheels. While dry-vapor steamers can be costly, they are a worthwhile investment if you regularly detail your car. Alternatively, you can explore options such as renting or purchasing secondhand units to save money.
When to change car brake pads?
Typically, it should be replaced between 25,000 and 65,000 kms, while rotors generally need to be changed within a range of 30,000 to 70,000 kms. It’s important to note that these numbers can vary depending on various factors such as driving conditions and individual driving styles. When these pads are nearing the end of their lifespan, you will usually notice minor symptoms, which makes it easier to diagnose the issue and carry out the necessary repairs. Those symptoms are as follows:
- Squeaking or Squealing Noises
- Grinding Sound When Braking
- Vibration When Braking
- Taking Longer To Stop
- Brake Pad Indicator Light Comes On
- Your Brake Pads Appear To Be Thin