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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-05-2005, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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First Wash and Brake Dust

Our G6 got it's first bath today at 1080 miles. The smooth panels without creases and ornaments made it pretty quick work.
We've got the base G6 with the painted alloy 16" wheels. It's been a VERY long time since i washed a new car but there seemed to be an awful lot of brake dust. 2 of the other 3 cars at our house have 4 wheel discs and alloys and tend to have more dust on the fronts but the G6 had a pretty heavy layer front and rear.
For those of you more familiar with this, is a lot of brake dust "normal" for a new car/set of brakes? Would it be reasonable to expect it to decrease a bit with time?
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Our G6 got it's first bath today at 1080 miles.
I'd say thats your problem right there. I haven't noticed anything unusual about my brake dust, but I wash it much more frequently!
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I'd say thats your problem right there. I haven't noticed anything unusual about my brake dust, but I wash it much more frequently!
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I don't have a real problem with mine, but i also wash it regularly so it doesn't build up to much.

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You gotta wash your car more than once every 1k .

Are most of them highway miles or city miles compared to your other cars?
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Holy shmoley, folks!
It sits in a garage for days at a time without being touched. The first 1080 went like this:
Washed at the dealer for delivery at 46 miles.
Moved to our garage. (5 miles)
Once to the mall (12 miles), once to the grocery store (5 miles).
Grand total: 68 miles.
Trip to Ohio one weekend: 787 miles.
Grand total: 865 miles.
Trip to the airport: 60 miles.
Couple of trips to the mall; out to dinner and Walmart : 115 miles.
Grand total: 1080 miles.
Pull it out of the garage and wash it.
Get grief from others because it has lead a dirty life.
I don't mind taking a shower and putting on clean underwear every day but c'mon, I gotta wash the car every day too?
Never had to do that with the Chevy it still cleans up real nice after 12 years!
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From what I've heard the better the brakes the more dust they leave. Ever see a Mercedes and the wheels are almost completely black? I get quite a bit of dust, but lately it has been mostly on the front wheels.
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I don't mind taking a shower and putting on clean underwear every day but c'mon, I gotta wash the car every day too?
Never had to do that with the Chevy it still cleans up real nice after 12 years!
Whatever floats your boat
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i wash my car about every other week, or on an as needed basis. I wasn't saying that you need to wash it every morning.

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OK, more liberal use of smilies apparently is in order with these folks, not a problem, I can adapt.

All kidding aside, I'm picking up that no one seems to consider this (the amount of dust) a problem, yes?

I'll just keep an eye on it then.
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^ nope, no problem with brake dust
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Brake dust probably isn't a problem...the first bank of miles you put on it will work your pads in...You'll see Tonnes of dust from that. Don't worry about it yet....Give it some time. Mine were pretty bad at first...like the first week I thought I got grey rims..not chrome.

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I haven't seen much break dust at all actually on my new G6. My man and I make the attempt to wash the cars ever week. Then again hes all into cruising and showing off.
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Just an update.
A year and 8500 miles later, the brake dust is no big deal. It appears it was, as originally suggested, just the new breaking in.
Thanks for the feedback.
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I clean the wheels at least once every two weeks, so I don't really have too much of a brakedust problem. When I rotated the tires I cleaned the inside of them really good and put on a coat of wax. Seemed to help slightly. The dirt just comes off a little easier now.
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