How to Clean Brake Rotors of Dust, Rust and Corrosion (step-by-step)

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How to Clean Brake Rotors of Dust, Rust and Corrosion (step-by-step)


Rust and corrosion can build up on the rotors and hubs. Here are different ways to clean surface rust on your brake rotors:

Clean Brake Rotors on The Vehicle:

Step 1: Loosen lug screws/nuts
Step 2: Remove the wheels by unscrewing the lug screw/nuts and take the wheels off
Step 3: Apply/spray brake cleaner to the brake arear thoroughly
Step 4: Make sure to spray the calipers and rotors
Step 5: Use micro-fiber cloth or regular rag to wipe the rotors and the outside of calipers
Step 6: Put the wheels back on
Step 7: Lower the car to the ground
Step 8: Start driving, the brakes will continue cleaning themselves

* The brake cleaner will continue to clean underneath the calipers while driving

Pros:
-Easy, fast, and convenient
-For people who do not have tools to lift or raise the vehicle

Cons:
-It’s not deep cleaning but it does the job


Clean Brake Rotors by Removing Rotors From The Vehicle:

Step 1: Put on gloves, safety goggles, and other safety equipment
Step 2: Raise or lift your vehicle with a lift or jack on a leveled ground carefully
Step 3: Loosen lug screws/nuts
Step 4: Remove the wheels by unscrewing the lug screw/nuts and take the wheels off
Step 5: Take off the calipers
Step 6: Remove brake rotors
Step 7: Spray brake cleaner on rotors
Step 8: Drip off extra brake cleaner
Step 9: Use a regular cleaning brush and gently scrub the rotors to soften the rust and corrosion
Step 10: Use the stainless-steel wire brush to scrub the rotor in circular motion
Step 11: Spray with Windex or other similar cleaning supplies to spray and wipe down rotors

Pros:
-A deep cleaning for the rotors
-For people who have the tools to lift he vehicle and take out rotors

Cons:
-The whole process takes time


Clean Brake Rotors with White Vinegar:

Step 1: Put on gloves, safety goggles, and other safety equipment
Step 2: Raise or lift your vehicle with a lift or jack on a leveled ground carefully
Step 3: Loosen lug screws/nuts
Step 4: Remove the wheels by unscrewing the lug screw/nuts and take the wheels off
Step 5: Take off the calipers
Step 6: Remove brake rotors
Step 7: Put the rotors in a bucket or a vessel that is big enough to hold the rotors and water
Step 8: Pour white vinegar in the bucket with rotors in it (completely soak the rotors in white vinegar)
Step 9: Soak the rotors for at least 1 hour
Step 10: Some gas bubbles will start to form after soaking for at least 1 hour
Step 11: Take the rotors out
Step 12: Use a cloth or rag to wipe the rotors

*If very rusty, soak rotors in vinegar overnight
*Repeat these steps if necessary
*The longer the rotors soak in white vinegar, the easier it is to wipe of the rust

Pros:
-A deep cleaning for the rotors
-Great result with less labor

Cons:
-Longer wait-time

 

No matter which method you use, your brake system will thank you. Cleaning brake rotors of dust, rust, and corrosion helps the look of your wheels, but also helps make sure your brake system will work with no interruptions.


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