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Cleaning the backside of your wheels

Is there an easy way to clean the backside of the wheels? I know you can take the wheels off the car and do it but is there a easy way to clean them while they're on the car.


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Well, I am not sure if this is "clean enough" for ya... but I bought a thin rim brush from R & S and use that to get in the back of the rims... it does an awesome job. So much so, in fact - my brother asked me how I got it clean back there... The only area you have a problem getting to is where the brake caliper is... but no one can see that anyway...:nogrinner

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There a lot of rust and brake dust stain on mine so It looks like I will have to pull the wheels off. I will give the brush a try first.

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Not sure what types of wheels you have - how about a handheld steamer? (check finish...)
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I think it depends on the rims you own. sometimes you can get right in there and on other rims it is really hard so then you would want to take the rim off the car and give them a real good scrubbing.

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Have you tried the spray on wheel cleaner? You just wash the car, then spray it on the wheel and hose it off. It should dissolve most of the grime off. Just be careful where you get it cause its pretty strong.

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I have the polished Ford fanblades and when you look through the wheel you can see the stains behind the brake rotors. The face of the wheel is easy to clean but you can see through the wheel to the stained backside. I'll try to take a picture tomorrow.

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I just pull my wheels off, whsh and wax them. the was seems to help the break dust not collect as much

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does the steamer really work?
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My neighbor uses it all the time on his car rims... test a small area you can't see well first... I wouldn't go all out until you know it's safe for your rims...
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Jeeeezzzzzeeeee...now ya tell me I gotta clean the back of my tires? Those little boys at the car wash place aren't gonna love me anymore

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I use an old car wash sponge. Lather it up really well and place it inside the wheel and just move it around the inner dia of the wheel. Since it's foam it can get around the brake caliper fairly easy. I do have 5 spoke chrome wheels which doesn't make it too hard though.
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Use a toliet brush. One with no metal on it. Cut the handle down and it get in between the caliper and the wheel. My sound stupid and look even retarded, but it works for mine.

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Use a toliet brush. One with no metal on it. Cut the handle down and it get in between the caliper and the wheel. My sound stupid and look even retarded, but it works for mine.
What cleaning solution do you use with the brush ?

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Use a toliet brush. One with no metal on it. Cut the handle down and it get in between the caliper and the wheel. My sound stupid and look even retarded, but it works for mine.
That's interesting, I'll have to give that a try... because I tried to get my hand in by the caliper and there is no room at all... I'll let you know how I make out on next detail... my neighbors will know, for sure, I'm off my rocker using a toilet brush...

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