How to clean rust off rotors

Written by alibaster smith
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Generally speaking, the rust on your vehicle's rotors are the result of not using them. "Ring rust" is a special rust pattern on rotors that indicates a brake caliper that is sticking and not making full contact with the rotor surface. While unsightly, rust is not typically problematic for a brake rotor. Brake rotors are made of iron, and so will oxidise regardless of what you do. What keeps this from being a problem is frequent use. Still, if you have rust on your rotors, it is helpful to know how to get rid of it.

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Things you need

  • 1000-grit sandpaper
  • Brake parts cleaner

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  1. 1

    Sand down the rusted area with 1000-grit sandpaper until all rust is removed from the rotor.

  2. 2

    Spray the rotor down with brake parts cleaner.

  3. 3

    Drive your vehicle as normal if the rotor is installed on the vehicle and engage the brakes slowly over 5 to 10 feet. This will clean off any accumulated rust on the rotor surface.

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