Jim Grant's Tech Tips
Nissan Maxima, Brake Dust Problems
isn't really a technical problem, but I'm sure a lot of people have a
similar question. I've got a '93 Nissan Maxima that runs great. My question
stems from the front wheels and brakes. I've got alloy wheels and because
of the disc brakes, I get a lot of brake dust on the front wheels. I know
about the weight shift that causes the front brakes to do a majority of
braking, but what I want to know is if there is a way to stop the brake
dust from getting all over the alloy wheels, is there an easy way to clean
the unsightly dust off the alloy without damaging them?.... Bob
are companies that make dust shields that can be installed on the inside
of the alloyed/aluminum wheels. The shields redirect the brake dust so
it will not collect on the alloyed/aluminum wheel. But a word of caution:
many of today's alloyed wheels don't just look good they have a job to
do. By design, the alloyed wheels direct air flow to cool the front brakes.
Installing dust shields "could" cause the brakes to operate
at higher than designed temperatures. The result could be premature brake
pad wear, or even brake failure.
best product that I have found for removing sightly brake dust is EG.
EG costs nearly nothing and is easily applied at your convenience. Brake
dust is corrosive so I recommend using EG weekly to prevent damage to
the alloy wheels. Using a touch of detergent, water and EG is sure to
keep your alloy wheels looking like new. You'll be surprised at the versatility
of EG, it has many uses and is environmentally friendly. You just can't
beat Elbow Grease at home, in your car or at work.