How to remove brake dust from wheels:

See how with this step-by-step guide.

Best way to clean brake dust: discover how to remove brake dust from wheels -- and why it’s important to do.
Every time you hit the brakes, your brake pads clamp hard against the brake rotor. As the material in the brake pads wears, it literally turns to dust. Unfortunately, this excessive brake dust ends up coating your wheels.

Nothing looks worse than a clean, shiny vehicle with dust caked on the front wheels. Commercial car washes don’t budge the gummy brake deposits unless you opt for the optional wheel service, and they build up again in less than 500 miles. Scrubbing the excessive brake dust by hand gets old quick -- especially if your wheels have a lot of nooks and crannies.

Fortunately, Advance Auto Parts carries top-line wheel cleaners and car care products to make the job easy, along with a full line of quality auto parts. We’ll show you the best way to clean brake dust.

Why you should remove brake dust from wheels every time you wash your car:
Excessive brake dust deposits not only look bad, but they’re also harmful to the wheel itself. If left on, the corrosive nature of the brake dust will corrode the clear coat over time and actually eat into the aluminum alloy wheel surface leaving large pits for which there is no practical fix. That’s why it’s important to know how to remove brake dust from wheels whenever you wash your vehicle.

How to remove brake dust from wheels; here are the tools you’ll need:

Do-it-yourself difficulty guide to remove brake dust:

Estimated time required - 20 Minutes

Follow these step-by-step instructions for the best way to clean brake dust:

  1. Make sure the wheels are cool. Wheels absorb heat from the braking process. Allow the wheels to cool off and do your cleaning in the shade.
  2. Rinse the entire rim to remove any grit that may scratch your wheels during the scrubbing process.
  3. Spray the entire rim with wheel cleaner that’s safe to use on your wheel and allow it to soak for 60 seconds. Be sure to spray into all of the nooks and crannies where excessive brake dust accumulates.
  4. After the cleaner soaks for the allotted time, take a soft bristle brush and lightly scrub the surface. Select a brush that fits into all of the recessed areas.
  5. Rinse off the wheel cleaner immediately after you have brushed the excessive brake dust loose. These cleaners are extremely strong and may affect the wheel’s finish if left on too long.
  6. Dry the wheel immediately to prevent water spots. Minerals in some types of water will etch into a wheel as easily as corrosive brake dust.
  7. Applying a coat of paste wax every six months provides excellent protection against dust pitting your wheels. It also makes them easier to clean.

Don’t forget the inside surface of your wheels. They get the bulk of the brake dust buildup and can be easily seen with open spoke style wheels.

Trust Advance Auto Parts for high quality auto parts and great advice -- like the best way to clean brake dust from your wheels.