I just bought a 2005 Focus ST and am totally pleased with it, but have one
question. Is it normal to have the pads or rotors shed unusual amounts of
dust from all four brakes during the first couple of hundred miles on the
car? Forms a thick layer of dust on wheel spokes, wheel rims, and fenders
trailing the wheels. I presume this is from pads and rotors smoothing-off
the rough machined surfaces, before they mate properly?
You will notice this with modern brake materials that no longer contain
asbestos. I assume you have alloy wheels. You will be cleaning the brake
dust off at regular intervals :(
It is normal with a Focus - unless you are really writing about 'clouds
Do you have disks (rotors) on all 4 wheels. On my UK Focus with disks at
the front and drums on the rear it's only the front wheels that get
dirty with brake dust quickly.
Yes, the ST in the US has four wheel disks.
And all four give off the dust.
I am used to the amount of dust that slowly collects on my 4 disk Crown Vic,
but I get a months worth of dust in a few days with the Focus.......
Anyway, thanks for the advice from all respondents - I'll just get used to
cleaning the wheels more often, and watch my brake use.
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