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Brake dust

So i have been searching the forums and have not really found the magical solution to brake dust.
Well, I guess new brake pads, but just i got new brakes that i guess came with lost of brake dust and I cant clean the wheels in winter because ist just to cold.

I found one post on Kleen Wheel covers, a cover that blocks the brake dust, has anyone ever put these on the front wheels. I heard that dont allow airflow to the brakes? I have no idea about brakes and air

Also, you have to take the tire off to put these on, do i have to balance the tire or just put the wheel back on and be good to go?

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don't do the dust shields they will warp your rotors. Go with monroe ceramic pads their faily inexpensive and great pads. have your rotors turned when you have pads put on.
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Or just keep up with it. If you do, you can just spray Simple Green on the rims and hose them off
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I have the covers, They've been on for 75,000 miles with no problems at all. I'm only on my 2nd set of pads and the rotors are just fine, and have never been turned. They are very very light weight, they do have vents, so there is a left and a right, they don't affect balance at all. Yes you have to pull the wheel off and pop them in. And they work very well.
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I have the covers, They've been on for 75,000 miles with no problems at all. I'm only on my 2nd set of pads and the rotors are just fine, and have never been turned. They are very very light weight, they do have vents, so there is a left and a right, they don't affect balance at all. Yes you have to pull the wheel off and pop them in. And they work very well.

HAHA...well there ya go!!! So make sure you get the ones with the vents!!
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get black wheels and you wont notice
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I have ceramic pads on the fronts and it doesn't eliminate the brake dust completely, but it does reduce it significantly.
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i have ceramic front pads as well.

And while it does eliminate the majority of the dust, something else I noticed. The braking ability of my truck especially under hard braking has been reduced due to the extremely hard brake pad. Had I known of this before getting these pads, I wouldnt have gotten them.

The truck just doesnt stop like it does on regular pads. Thats not to say its dangerous, just pointing out that the ceramic pads dont seem to have the same 'bite' of regular pads.

Also, you can wipe off brake dust with a cotton towel very easily. Especially if you wax your rims.
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The truck just doesnt stop like it does on regular pads. Thats not to say its dangerous, just pointing out that the ceramic pads dont seem to have the same 'bite' of regular pads.

Also, you can wipe off brake dust with a cotton towel very easily. Especially if you wax your rims.
I noticed the opposite effect. I seem to be able to stop much better with the ceramic pads vs stock. Although, I also put on some 20s, but the truck still seems to stop better than stock. And you are right about the brake dust just wiping off.
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Ceramics need to heat up a lil before they start biting good. but when they do they really bite.
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best idea yet to avoid the unaviodable just don't do it.

No use any brakey
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this might sound really dumb...

but what causes break dust? is it just dirt coming off the tire or is it part the brakes wearing off??
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this might sound really dumb...

but what causes break dust? is it just dirt coming off the tire or is it part the brakes wearing off??

Its only dumb when you DON'T ask a question you don't know the answer to!!LOL!!! Brake dust is the FINE Metallic shavings off the pads and rotors, generated from the heat and friction produced from brakeing. that's why a lot of people say when you wash you car or truck always wash the wheels last and with a different wash mit.
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beckall- where'd you get the covers?
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Its only dumb when you DON'T ask a question you don't know the answer to!!LOL!!! Brake dust is the FINE Metallic shavings off the pads and rotors, generated from the heat and friction produced from brakeing. that's why a lot of people say when you wash you car or truck always wash the wheels last and with a different wash mit.
hey, thanks! that helps a bunch! now i know how not to ruin my paint when i get my own truck lol!! it makes sense now. my boyfriend had been pointing out his break dust and how he is frusterated with it. i just wasnt sure what caused it.
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God, It's been awhile, I thing I got them from autoanything. I'm going to get some pics posted shortly, but I think they look good too! Whoever says they cause the rotors to warp should think about vehicles with regular steel wheels and full wheel covers....... hhuummm, not much air flow there was there???
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Yeh I have heard of people putting a coat of wax on their rims at the beginning of winter, and not wiping it off, this will let the brake dust stick to the wax and not get into the pores of the rim leaving them stained. Honestly I was my rims when I wash my truck at the end and with a different mit. I really do not use any specific products but by just keeping up with washing the dust off, my rims still look new (besides chips and dings) even after 12 years. My girlfriends mom even asked if I got new wheels for my truck after I washed them one time. I was like nope, still the stock rims, they are just all cleaned up!
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