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

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How to Clean Brake Rotors- 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

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