How to Install Brake Dust Covers

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How to Install Brake Dust Covers
Alloy wheel (hot wheels image by FotoWorx from

Alloy wheels look sharp when they're clean and shiny, and they can add another dimension of aesthetic appeal to your vehicle. You should clean and polish alloys regularly to maintain their appearance and condition. One problem that many owners struggle with is the dust that is created by the vehicle's brake pads. Installing a set of brake dust shields is a clever way to cut down on this issue.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Lug wrench
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Dust shields

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  1. 1

    Loosen the lug bolts that hold the wheels on, using a lug wrench. Raise the vehicle with a floor jack and rest the vehicle on jack stands. Finish removing the wheel near the corner were the car was raised.

  2. 2

    Lay the wheel face down so you can access the back of it. Place the wheel onto a towel or a soft surface to avoid scratching the finish on the wheel.

  3. 3

    Locate the red arrow on the dust shield, which indicates the correct direction of the shield. Orient the shield so that the arrow points in the same direction that the wheel will roll in when you drive the vehicle forward.

  4. 4

    Slide the dust shield onto the inside of the wheel, keeping the directional arrow visible. Line the holes in the dust shield up with the lug holes in the wheel. Apply firm pressure on the outer edge of the dust shield. The flat surface of the shield should lie flat against the hub surface of the wheel. You may have to press down hard to get the shield to seat properly.

  5. 5

    Ensure that there are no gaps between the edge of the shield and the surface of the wheel, then reinstall the wheel on your car.

  6. 6

    Install and hand-tighten the lug nuts. Spin the wheel by hand to ensure that there are no scraping or rubbing sounds. Lower the vehicle to the ground and tighten the lug nuts with a lug wrench to the proper specification as outlined in the owner's manual for your vehicle. Repeat these steps for all remaining wheels of your vehicle, one at a time.

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