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X5 E70 (2007 - 2013)
E70 BMW X5 produced between 2007 and 2013. Discuss the E70 X5 with other BMW owners here.

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Old 07-03-2011, 10:10 AM
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Break dust on the wheels

I am new to BMW ownership. I like to keep my cars looking great. I have a lot of break dust on the wheels. Is this normal? Any solutions out there?
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:35 AM
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1. Brakes, not breaks

2. Wash it. Or wash the wheels only.
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:46 AM
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BMWs are infamous for brake dust. Do yourself a favor, the next time you detail the car make sure you clean the wheels to spotless. Then apply some Wheel Wax. It repels the dirt so it won't get as dirty, and it also makes washing the wheels even easier/

http://www.wheelwax.com/
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:34 AM
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I like the wheel wax a lot as well. If you would like a fix for the lazy I also suggest trying the armor all wheel protectant that you can get. It is actually superior at repelling brake dust compared to wheel wax. The only downside is that it does not impart the nice luster you get with wheel wax. The tradeoff is it takes all of 10 seconds to coat the wheel in it...
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:35 PM
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I am new to BMW ownership. I like to keep my cars looking great. I have a lot of break dust on the wheels. Is this normal? Any solutions out there?
I try to keep the brake dust to a minimum by not using the brake that much......
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:09 PM
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Sorry for the typo. I thought this was an information sharing site and not a spelling bee. Thanks to the others for the suggestions.
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Old 07-03-2011, 02:33 PM
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Sorry for the typo. I thought this was an information sharing site and not a spelling bee. Thanks to the others for the suggestions.
It is. Ard just shared the information about your typo. Actually 2 typos. And if something as small as that rankles you, I suggest you grow thicker skin if you choose to hang out here.

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Old 07-03-2011, 02:50 PM
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Not a problem. Now I know the ground rules. I just thought it was a waste of time to reply without adding any value to the conversation. It must be for self gratification. huh?
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:41 AM
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brake dust shields

the brake dust is making me CRAZY! I have these online http://www.autobarn.net/xxkleen.html...FQ475QodniPdpg

The price and agrivation to get them on seems worth it if they work.

does anyone have anyexpereince with them. seems like a good idea, but after market stuff aslways makes me a little nervous.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:05 AM
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the brake dust is making me CRAZY! I have these online http://www.autobarn.net/xxkleen.html...FQ475QodniPdpg
The price and agrivation to get them on seems worth it if they work.

does anyone have anyexpereince with them. seems like a good idea, but after market stuff aslways makes me a little nervous.
No expert here but those shields may reduce ventilation to the brakes that could cause undue overheating which may cause bigger problems then break dust.
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:19 AM
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Horrible idea, georgejm is correct.

Just wash the car once a week and there's no problem!
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Old 10-23-2011, 08:36 AM
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very helpful thank you
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:50 AM
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i might just NOT wash the wheels and tell everyone that they are gun metal! LOL
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Old 10-23-2011, 10:53 AM
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Well, duh. Don't be surprised at the ridiculous amounts of "break dust" LMAO or should I correct it: "brake dust".

Anyway, it's a normal thing. Be glad you don't get as much dust as my GL450 gets.. that's a whole different story...

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Old 10-23-2011, 11:36 AM
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Just finished washing mine with the EZ Detail brush. Awesome results, 2 minutes per wheel and they are clean front and back. Oh wait, that is a different thread........
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:07 PM
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Guys,

I have akebono pads on my s55 amy and no brake dust. When i just got them i didn't was my wheels for one a week and absolutely no brake dust. See some bimmer owners link below.

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...hlight=akebono
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...hlight=akebono
http://www.tirerack.com/brakes/brake...+Pads&cat=Pads
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Old 10-23-2011, 12:52 PM
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Just finished washing mine with the EZ Detail brush. Awesome results, 2 minutes per wheel and they are clean front and back. Oh wait, that is a different thread........
You want a cookie, brah?!
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Old 10-24-2011, 09:17 AM
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You want a cookie, brah?!
Can I have a shot of rum instead?
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:27 AM
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Be careful using anything that is sprayed on the wheel, they can mess up your rotors.
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:31 PM
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Old 10-24-2011, 02:47 PM
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I use high pressure water to clean the wheels/rotors etc and then use Griots on the other wheels.

Am I messing up the brakes, rotors with high pressure wash?
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I use high pressure water to clean the wheels/rotors etc and then use Griots on the other wheels.

Am I messing up the brakes, rotors with high pressure wash?

Lmao niggas want a cookie farreal..
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:02 PM
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Be careful using anything that is sprayed on the wheel, they can mess up your rotors.
Huh?

Nothing that you would spray on a wheel will ruin a rotor, AFAIK

Powerwashing (within reason) is fine.
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:17 PM
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ard, if you are worried about the look of your rotors and your wheels, especially with other than stock rims that expose a lot more of your rotors, you should avoid getting cleaners on your rotors. They will most certainly stain them, and cause early corrosion. Forget about spraying your wheels especially when the rotors are hot. Powerwash is always the way to go, the best thing you can get your wheels and rotors is water. If anyone really HAS to use those spray on products, especially anything that's cheaper than what meguiars go for, just put a towel or lint free rag between wheel and rotor and spray away. This includes tire shine products. I have not taken delivery of my X5 yet, but I would be worried if they got sprayed on the black unpainted trim. Ugh..
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Old 10-24-2011, 03:20 PM
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Huh?

Nothing that you would spray on a wheel will ruin a rotor, AFAIK

Powerwashing (within reason) is fine.
+1 (rotors on our vehicles are cast iron literally bullet-proof).

I powerwash mine weekly with Simple Green/Water mix.

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