How to Clean Ground in Brake Dust From Wheels

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How to Clean Ground in Brake Dust From Wheels
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Brake dust is an inevitable part of driving a car. It is created when the lining of the brake is worn down by the rotor. The result is a sticky, powdery residue that attaches itself to the wheels of the car. It is important to remove brake dust to prevent it from eating away at the wheels. The contents of brake dust are corrosive and will eventually deteriorate the wheels. Cleaning ground brake dust from wheels will protect your wheels and keep them looking neat.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Water hose
  • Mild dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Soft sponge
  • Auto detailing brush
  • Soft rags
  • Wheel cleaner
  • Wash mitt

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wet down the wheel with water from a hose. Use the strongest pressure setting on your hose to remove any loose brake dust.

  2. 2

    Squeeze a few drops of mild dish soap into a bucket. Fill the bucket with water.

  3. 3

    Dip a soft sponge into the bucket of soapy water. Wipe down the wheel with the sponge and soapy water. Wipe all the nooks and crevices of the wheels, as brake dust will likely be lurking in these spots. Use a auto detailing brush to get into hard-to-reach areas of the wheel.

  4. 4

    Rinse the wheel with water from the hose. Wipe down the wheel with a soft rag to dry.

  5. 5

    Use a wheel cleaner if there are still traces of brake dust on the wheels. Spray a generous coating of wheel cleaner onto the wheel. Smooth it out evenly onto the wheel using a wash mitt.

  6. 6

    Allow the wheel cleaner to sit on the wheel for about five minutes. Scrub the wheel with a sponge or wash mitt. Use the auto detailing brush to gently loosen stuck-on brake dust.

  7. 7

    Rinse the wheel with water. Apply more wheel cleaner, if necessary, and scrub again until all of the brake dust has been removed. Dry the wheel thoroughly with a soft rag.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean your wheels when they are cool. This will prevent the water and cleaning solution from drying onto the wheels before you have a chance to clean them. Work on one wheel at a time if brake dust is ground into more than one wheel.
  • Apply a wheel sealant to your wheels to protect them and make cleaning easier.

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