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Brake dust - what is the deal?

 
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Old 06-02-2005, 05:45 PM
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Brake dust - what is the deal?

I have had 3 different f150's in my short lifetime and have always had excessive brake dust after being cleaned 1 week. In fact every ford truck i notice on the road has brake dust, but other chevy's, dodge's, etc do not have it quite so bad. Does ford put on cheap brakes or am I just hard on vehicles.
 
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Old 06-02-2005, 06:38 PM
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Do to several techno reasons, these trucks freewheel very easy, think of it as having the clutch in when you pull up to a stop. You have to brake earlier, and take your foot off the gas earlier. I had a brake dust problem at first, then I realized I was 'charging' the stop signs. I started watching how much these trucks roll after you pull your foot off the throttle and solved my problem.

Mind you, there is still more brake dust than I would like, but it is managable now.

You can always go to about 80-95 bucks worth of ceramic pads, or put kleenwheel disks on the back of the rims for about 40-50 bucks.
Have fun.
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Old 06-02-2005, 07:25 PM
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I agree. Try to stop easy and you will have very little brake dust. I think some people will run up to a light and slam on ther brakes for what reason who knows.I am right behind them coasting to a nice slow stop and guess what? We are leaving that stop at the same time.
 
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Old 06-02-2005, 09:53 PM
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The dust sticks so damn quick to the rims also. I spent hours cleaning mine to get them decent.

I also noticed the freewheelin, but comming from a little ranger to a big 150, everythnig seems diffrent to me. It stops quicker with the trailer in tow and the trailer brakes tuned right belive it or not.
 
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Old 06-09-2005, 12:26 PM
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Yeah, I've about given up on it. I used to have nice shiny alloy wheels. Now not so nice, not so shiny. I don't have time to polish out all the crap it gets inside the hub cap then dirty water leaks out after a wash and makes brown streaks all over the wheel.

I'm about to throw in the towell and stop looking at it.
 
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Old 06-09-2005, 03:31 PM
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i have had good luck waxing my wheels...it makes clean up alot easier. that and a little easier braking and i have cut the problem a lot. on my last truck ceramic pads helped a lot

the question i have though is my front drivers side wheel always has more dust build up than the other three wheels, in fact the front passenger usually looks about like the back. is this normal to have a dominate break like that.
 
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Old 06-09-2005, 04:28 PM
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It's mostly due to the material used for the brake pads. BMW's are notorious for brake dusting. Change them out and use ceramic, and the brake dust will be minimized!
 
 
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