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Hi guys,
does anyone else find they have to clean there wheels all the time. the amount of brake dust mine creates ( dont think i'm particularly heavy on the brakes ) is ridiculous. tried sourcing some ceramic pads for it to no avail. i assumed they would be the same as a focus or mondeo which cost wise would make sense but no, according to the dealer they are different
 

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I am not driving mine heavily but only clean them weekly. teher will always be dust especially now they are asbestos free.
just use a alloy wheel cleaning spray and rinse em. unless oyu are after spotlessly clean alloys everyday in which case it becomes an almost every day task.
 

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Must admit they do produce a lot of brake dust and dirty up pretty quickly. Had the same with my Mondeo and Focus......
 

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I only use an alloy wheel cleaner spray about once a year, as it can remove the lacquer on the alloys. After waxing the car, dont be afraid to use the wax on the alloys as this make them shine and also easier to wipe away the break dust off.
 

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I try to clean mine once a week but sometimes it stretches to two.
It is a bit of trouble setting my jetwasher up to do wheels ( I don't use it on bodywork) but once I've set it up it takes no time. I jet wash each wheel, which gets 90% off,then I get down hand and knees with a cloth and paintbrush. They come up gleaming.I find if you don't keep 'em clean the brake dust can congeal and set really hard. I use an alloy wheel cleaner now and again.
 

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Haven't used wheel cleaner since the aluminium bucket I left a wee drop in melted in 6 hours!! Just elbow grease and a wee brush now.
 

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I have noticed a great deal of muck on my wheels but I am still on the first set of brake disks in 21K miles - it normally washes off quite easily with the pressure washer, I have never used alloy wheel cleaner on mine.
 

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kugabex what are wheels/tryes on your car ? are they showing much wear ? has anybody got a kuga with more than 21000 miles on ?
 

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Mine's up to about 24k now 19" wheels and Continentals on. No abnormal tyre wear and the alloys have only a couple of minor scuffs on which I will touch up soon with some laquer.
 

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Wheels are still looking good, no wear or tear, no kerbing!!Tyres are still on the first ones fitted, I have the 5 spokes and please don't ask me which tyres I have, they are the original ones that came with the car :eek:) Oh, and up to 22K now....
 

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That's brilliant mileage from your tyres Bex, I was getting less than 15k from my previous car! Hope I can get the K over the 20 thousandmark, they're abit pricey!



Thanks for the info.



TK
 

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Hi Kugace
Two reasons why I don't use the pressure washer on bodywork.

1. I suppose its a hangover from years ago when one was scared to apply water under pressure to parts of the car that would (instantly) rust.(door sills etc.).

2. The washer will easily get the thick mud off and bird droppings but leaves the fine film of dirt on, that you were washing the car for anyway.

I suppose it's just one of my quirks.
 

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i use the pressure washer first,then the shampoo with a a shamey and then rinse shampoo off with pressure washer then hand dry
 

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Original tyres at 20K, still seem fine and they are Conti's.
Did swap front/rear at 17K though as I had three new wheels as the originals corroded.
 

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Just thought I would add, pretty much as soon as I got the car I had them filled with nitrogen - see this link for details

http://www.vcars.co.uk/news/generic-trend-stories/drivers-urged-to-consider-nitrogen-for-tyres-407.html

I went to kwik-fit and they charged me £1 a tyre - having not yet replaced the tyres on my Kuga I am unable to say if this has increased the life of the tyre as yet, maybe we can get a poll of how far people have driven beofre they needed to buy new tyres (if anyone has yet?)
 
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