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What is the best/easiest way to clean the brakes? When I wash/detail the C7 and wheels, the brakes get a "rusty" look to them...is there an easy way to clean this off?

I searched the forum and I think I remember a thread on this but cannot find it.

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What is the best/easiest way to clean the brakes? When I wash/detail the C7 and wheels, the brakes get a "rusty" look to them...is there an easy way to clean this off?

I searched the forum and I think I remember a thread on this but cannot find it.

Thanks!
If you're describing the brake rotors, what you are seeing is truly a light layer of surface rust.

Applying rust inhibitors to the rotors is not desirable, as it may impede braking performance.

The rust will wear off after the first few brake applications - that's the easiest fix to clean them that I know
 

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Yup, that's it. It is just surface and will wear off with the first few brake applications. If you drag your brakes a few hundred yards after washing the car that will clean them up real good.
 

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Yup, that's it. It is just surface and will wear off with the first few brake applications. If you drag your brakes a few hundred yards after washing the car that will clean them up real good.
That's what I do. Our driveway is about 120' and runs slightly up hill from the garage to the street. When I have all cleaning/detailing completed, I drive to the top of the driveway then coast back to the garage dragging the brakes and back it into the garage.
 

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The rust you see is actually rust of the remnants of the brake pad left on the rotor, not the actual rotor itself. Just my little fun fact.
 

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Just my little fun fact.
Here's another fun fact.

It is common that overnight rust formation can occur on wet brake rotors, especially when the vehicle is parked outside in a humid environment.

There is an notable "grinding" sound that can occur the next morning when the brakes are first applied (but goes away quickly). This temporary brake NVH is commonly referred to as "morning sickness".
 

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What is the best/easiest way to clean the brakes? When I wash/detail the C7 and wheels, the brakes get a "rusty" look to them...is there an easy way to clean this off?

I searched the forum and I think I remember a thread on this but cannot find it.

Thanks!
These people don't know what they are talking about! Your brakes are defective! Have your C7 towed immediately to your local dealership and demand they fix this immediately. You could have been killed!!!






































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Just replace the pads and you're good tho
The rotors will still exhibit rust under the right environmental conditions, irregardless of the pad type, and I don't see how changing OE pads with other OE pads (which have the same composition friction material) would change anything.
 

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Thanks guys....I do know after you apply the brakes a couple of times it "wipes" it away....last weekend I was at a car show for two days near the beach, car was parked outside the condo during the night, and I had to touch up detail when I arrived at the show every morning (thanks Glen rinse-less wash is great)...once I backed into (yes I can back up ;)) the parking spot, I had to stay, when I touched up the wheels, the faint rust was apparent on the rotors...I used a little detail spray and removed most of it...but did not know if this was good for the rotors and did not remove all of it...so I was wondering if there was something to remove when you cannot drive and brake....WD40?
 

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I would hesitate to use WD-40 on my brake rotors. Quite slippery and until it evaporates, flammable.
 
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What Peter said. Use no lubricants on brakes. And as far as changing pads out, I think one of the other posters was referring to the louder, albeit less dusty, ceramic composition pads.
 

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These people don't know what they are talking about! Your brakes are defective! Have your C7 towed immediately to your local dealership and demand they fix this immediately. You could have been killed!!!






































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