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Old 05-15-2013, 09:42 AM
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Break dust

I hate it, I'm sure some of you do too. I wash my X by hand weekly, clean the wheels thoroughly, but it still gets damn dirty on the fronts.

What are you using to prevent build ups? The Armorall seems like a good choice from what I've heard, and easy to apply. I also have Ultima tire and trim guard which I hear may work well on the wheels for keep dust from sticking.

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Old 05-15-2013, 09:44 AM
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Break dust

And I meant "brake dust" but I can't change the post title from the phone...lol


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Old 05-15-2013, 11:03 AM
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I gave up.

This weekend i will be removing the wheels for the sole purpose of cleaning ALL of the brake dust out of the wheels.

The dealer told me to wax the wheels, but I can't help but feel that would make it worse.
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Old 05-15-2013, 01:50 PM
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Waxing will help keep future dust from sticking as badly. Its a BMW learn to deal with it.
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Old 05-15-2013, 02:36 PM
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Buy some Sonax wheel cleaner. Makes keeping up with them a breeze.
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Old 05-16-2013, 03:32 AM
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I switched to Hawke pads and have been totally satisfied.Little or no dust and great braking.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:00 PM
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Buy some Sonax wheel cleaner. Makes keeping up with them a breeze.
+1 on the Sonax wheel cleaner. It is a bit expensive, but it really does the job.

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Old 05-17-2013, 09:39 AM
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After watching a good user review video, I picked up a can of the Armorall wheel protectant... Will report back for those interested.


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Change your brake pads to a good ceramic pad. You'll feel less initial bite, but over-all braking is the same, and they're more resistant to heat fade and last longer.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:10 AM
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Change your brake pads to a good ceramic pad. You'll feel less initial bite, but over-all braking is the same, and they're more resistant to heat fade and last longer.
When I'm closer to needing new pads I'll start exploring options for sure. I doubt the currently installed pads are anything special.

I got the X3 only 8k miles ago though, and it had new pads on it from the dealer. I drive a manual so I'm not planing on changing them for quite some time if I don't need to!


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Old 05-17-2013, 10:24 AM
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When I'm closer to needing new pads I'll start exploring options for sure. I doubt the currently installed pads are anything special.

I got the X3 only 8k miles ago though, and it had new pads on it from the dealer. I drive a manual so I'm not planing on changing them for quite some time if I don't need to!


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I was just looking at the year of your X3 and guessing that it came with semi-metallics, as did my '06 E90, which looks horrible after 2 weeks. My E92 has ceramics, and I've cleaned the wheels once in a month, and they are only slightly dirty. (I dust the car every day, so I don't wash as often.)
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:26 AM
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I'm driving approximately 500 miles per week and the Armor All does well for the first two weeks or so.

Around the 3 - 4 week time frame, you can start to see some brake dust "smears" on the rim. This is probably where rain water washes away the Armor All.

Good ceramic brake pads would definetely help dusting and performance would be as described above.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:43 AM
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Thanks for all the responses guys... Looks like the Armorall will be a good solution for now, possibly eliminating the need for a full on wheel clean every week with the wash, maybe I can get away with 2 a month.

Then, when pads are worn a bit, I'll have to get on ceramics.

I'm good for 500 miles a week, and these pads visually dirty up my rims after 50 miles even!


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Re: Break dust

This is 3 weeks worth of dust (front wheel) with the Armor All.
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:25 PM
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buy a toyota, not brake dust and no brakes :P
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Old 05-17-2013, 01:30 PM
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This 3 weeks worth of dust with the Armor All.
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Yeah, that's solid results I'd say. Mine look worse after a week

This guy did a pretty good review here

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I went to ceramics and they did not perform nearly as well, it was noticeable. Also, instead of black dust I got a redish colored dust, not as much but a mess just the same. I will stick with OEM pads and rotors in the future personally.
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After all, the pads are meant to be a sacrificial item in the braking system.

In BMWs especially, the rotors are too, but if pads are not producing dust they are not doing the job to the best of their ability.

Some drivers notice a substantial change in feel with a harder "dustless" pad, some don't.
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