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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-14-2013 Thread Starter
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Am I supposed to clean my brakes or just the rims?

OK so I have used a couple different aluminum wheel cleaners for my wheels and I scrub the whole wheel down including the metal brakes in the front. I don't have brembos, just the 18 inch factory wheels. I noticed that the metal on the brake pad is starting to turn a dark brown so I was wondering if that was because I was washing it?

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Are you referring to the metal backing plate that the friction material is bonded to? I would not imagine that cleaning them would hurt anything. It may just be surface oxidation. A pic would help so that others could see to what you are referring.

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if your cleaning stock wheels, don't use alluminim cleaner
Use a wheel cleaner that says it safe for all wheel types
Like Eagle One A to Z wheel cleaner

The stock wheels are clear coated, so make sure it says safe for clear coat, or all wheel types

Alluminum cleaners will etch the steel rotors, and if you keep using it will wreck your factory wheels

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You're saying your brake pads are changing colors? Do you mean your rotors by chance?

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I think hes referring to his rotors. And no, you dont clean them unless your using brake cleaner

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the metal on the pad will discolor, there is nothing you can do about it. The rotor will get surface rust quickly after washing which will go away when you apply the brakes (also nothing you can do to prevent) fwiw I put a few coats of wax on my rims (inside and outside) every time I rotate the tires (1x year) I also did this at the first wash/wax to get a good coat which aids in cleaning.

+1 on avoiding wheel cleaners. get a good coat of wax and you shouldn't need them

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