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Old 2nd March 2008, 19:53   #1
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Question Deposits from brake pads?

I have been noticing black deposits on the alloy wheels from the brake pads. This has been like this since the time I bought the car. My car is Fiat Adventure. I had complained to the service center and they told me that it's normal.

However I haven't seen any other car with alloy wheels soiled with the deposits from the brake pads (or may be I am just assuming brake pads to be culprits). Is this really normal?

I recently got new brake pads for my car and deposits have inreased. If I don't clean the alloys for couple week, the whole rim gets covered with black particles. The car read mileage of 28,600 on the odo when the replacment was done.
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Is this really normal?
This is very much normal. What you have as black soot is from brake pad only. It's more prominent on alloys than fully covered steel disks. I'm sure you don't see that on your rear wheels because of drum brakes. Front disk brakes are open and dust flows all around.

You get rim cleaners in the market. Apply them on your rims and wash them out. It's no big issue anyway.
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since i don't clean alloys, there is a lot of brake dust and white alloys are almost black now. You might not be seeing this on others because of regular cleaning. I think there are low dust after market pads which might solve the issue.
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I think there are low dust after market pads which might solve the issue.
Nothing will solve this issue because it's not an issue. There is friction and there is heat. Brake dust is bound to happen.
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It is more apparent now since they are asbestos free. older ones used to hold together
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It is more apparent now since they are asbestos free. older ones used to hold together
Sorry, I missed this part to mention. As I said before, it's non issue.
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There are low dust after market performance brake pads available from suppliers like EBC.

It's not really a problem if you periodically service your car.

World is better without asbestos even if they hold better together.
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Just make sure you clean / wash your wheels regularly....can be a pain to remove later on.
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Just make sure you clean / wash your wheels regularly....can be a pain to remove later on.
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You get rim cleaners in the market. Apply them on your rims and wash them out. It's no big issue anyway.
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Thanks everyone. A long standing doubt has been weeded out. I will keep the alloys clean.

As the new brake pads are asbestos free, are we saying the life of the new pads will be less when compared to the earlier brake pads?
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No, more or less the same. But how does that matter?
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I too have the same problem with my alloys. Somebody suggested a product - Formula 1 that comes in a yellow pack, does wonders. Spray and hose it.

I've yet to find that product. Have searched a few accessories shop, but in vain.
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Hi Folks,

This si very mjuch a normal thing to notice on front wheels with disc brakes....

I clean my alloys may be twice a week just using a moist cloth dipped in any liquid soap diluted and then clean with othe clean coth....

Many people do aske me how i maintain em'''
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No, more or less the same. But how does that matter?
I asked about the life of pads without asbestos so that I can plan next change. I was told that generally pads should last for 30k kilometers.
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CERAMIC Pads have less dust, since they have no steel particles.
PROS: less fading, faster stopping, no squealing, faster dissipation of heat
CONS: price
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