You can try brake shields, but they may affect brake cooling. A good
scrubbing and a coat of good wax might help the wheels shed the dust a
bit more between washes.
Any of the spray-on wheel cleaners work pretty well. Just make sure
you get the proper type for your wheels.
Keep your rear brakes properly adjusted, by using the emergency/parking
brake, and the front brakes won't have to work so hard. Brake early for a
stop, rather than at the last minute, that eats the pads up.
yes, i took mine in for new brakes and tyhe problem went away, it seems to
me the factory brakes create alot more dust than the replacemnet brakes. yes
i had the brakes replaced by my friendly local ford dealer.
I was told that it would help if I switch my 2004 F-150 to ceramic
pads when they need to be replaced. These trucks and SUVs seem
to use up the front pads fairly quickly because I was told to expect
to replace the front pads at 20,000 miles.
Here is what the Bosch website has to say about ceramic pads:
Q. How are ceramic brake pads different from semi-metallic brake pads?
A. Ceramic brake pads incorporate a formula that includes ceramic materials
and utilizes less metal (approximately 15% metal content by weight). Ceramic
brake pads combine exceptional braking power with very quiet and low-dust
braking. However, it is not recommended to use ceramic brake pads for towing
Semi-Metallic brake pads incorporate a formula that utilizes approximately
40% or more metal content by weight. Semi-Met brake pads offer premium
braking power and work particularly well for towing applications.
Ceramic pads are the way to go if they fit your application. The front
wheels on my 2000 Ranger always looked terrible, even after only two days
of driving after washing. I changed the front pads at 42,000 miles and
put on ceramic pads. Now even after a month without being washed they
still look good. Brake dust has been reduced dramatically.
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