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Guys,

I only have 550 miles on my car now, but geessh...I cannot believe the amount of brake dust that my wheels accumulate! I can't even get one day of driving in without a serious amount of it. Do I have to wash my car once per day?

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Yes, BMW's and brake dust seem to go hand in hand, regardless of model or series. Been driving a saab all weekend and have been driving it pretty hard, yet the rims only have a light coating of brake dust. had this been in the BMW, they'd be very dark by now. The BMW however does have better braking feel and the brakes feel stronger. I guess that's the trade off for all of the brake dust? If it is, I honestly could make do with brakes that don't feel as good.
 

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Yes, break dust is just a BMW and Mercedes "thing"... Due to big breaks... I wash my car on a Saturday and go for a drive and by the time I get back I have break dust (lightly) building up. I wipe it off daily. But, if you don't, a week will pass and it'll get pretty nasty. There is nothing wrong with your car. It is something you just live with no matter how many miles you have on the car. I'm sure someone on this board might have a suggestion though for break pads that don't create so much dust. But I don't know of any. Beautiful car!
 

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dust less pads and my bad experience

Well,

On my 2000 540 that I just sold to purchase my 550, I put on some high quality 'dustless' brake pads. It was so awesome to not worry about dust anymore. But....after about 10k miles, my brakes began to shudder. I don't know if my rotors began to warp due to these pads or if residue from the pads created an uneven surface on the rotors. But that was more of a pain, because I didn't like my brakes to perform like that either.

I called the brake specialist where I bought them, and the owner insisted that this was just residue that I could 'burn' off by heating up the brakes now and then with some successive 'hard stops'. Well, I tried this, and it worked to some degree. But a couple of days later, the brakes would begin to shudder again.

So, bottom line, this time around I'm just going to put up with the dust as I absolutely love how deep these brakes are and how good they feel.

Now I need to find the most efficient way to clean them. One member here told me that he wipes them off with a duster. But I don't understand this as the duster would get nasty with brake dust very quickly, wouldn't it?

Dusty :eek: Steve
 

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I use some dedicated microfiber cloths. I dampen them with plain water and wipe the dust off the wheels. The more frequently this is done, the easier the job is. Another factor, of course, is how hard one uses one's brakes. Harder use equals more dust. Life is full of trade-offs.
 

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DD694 said:
I use some dedicated microfiber cloths. I dampen them with plain water and wipe the dust off the wheels. The more frequently this is done, the easier the job is. Another factor, of course, is how hard one uses one's brakes. Harder use equals more dust. Life is full of trade-offs.
+1

Often I soak the microfiber in Mist 'N Shine, that seems to help as well.
 

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Regardless of the season I wash my wheels 2x a week, even if I do not wash the car (2-3x a month)
It only takes 15 mins or so.

But this probably is not an option in the northeast.

At the end of my 30-39 month leases my wheels still look perfect, no stains.
 

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This topic has been discussed a bunch of times (can you say "search"? ;) ). I use a California mini duster once a week. Yes, the duster gets all black with brake dust, but it's a dedicated duster just for the wheels, and after several years use, it still works great (I also have one for the interior, and one for the body). You can also apply RejeX (http://www.corrosionx.com/rejex.html) to the wheels, which will lessen the amount of dust build up, and make removal easier.
 

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Steve,
I used to use the California Duster on my wheels, but it didn't get in all the tight corners. Next time you wash your car, put some Klasse AIO on the wheels... it will help you clean them faster. Now all you need is a microfiber cloth and maybe some Detail spray or water, and they'll clean much easier in between washings.
 

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Thanks Mark and Stream!

I will try the Klasse and the duster. Stream, I was wondering how the duster would still work if it had all that brake dust on it...but you answered that. Thanks. :thumbup:
 

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Excellent nearly dust-free pads can be had here from Mr. Dave Zeckhausen: www.zeckhausen.com

Do a search on Axxis Deluxe Plus pads for both the E39 and the E60 and you'll find most folks very, very happy with the performance of the pads for minimal dust.

I personally think it is a travesty that BMWs run around with such dirty wheels. Good brakes and good braking are certainly key on a car (in fact, #1 on the list IMO) but surely BMW could put more research and find materials that are as good but yet keep the wheels cleaner for longer.

I have had the Axxis D+ pads on my E39 for a couple of years now and they are wonderful. I nearly changed pads on my E60 but I ended up selling that car so I have a set of fronts ready for the next one.

Good luck in your quest for less dusty brake pads or resign yourself to some of the methods above. I long ago grew weary of cleaning my wheels...different pads was my solution.
 
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