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    Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    I just picked up my new CTS-V last Thursday. I've put about a thousand miles on it so far and it's great. I've got about 500 miles on it since I last washed it and there's a fair amount of brake dust on it. Most of those 500 miles were interstate miles so not a lot of brake applications were made. Is the brake dust normal? There seems to be more on the driver's side front wheel than the passenger side front wheel. There's nothing on the rears. Anyone else experience this?

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    Normal. It's going to be hard to find pads that work with the enormous calipers and don't throw out any dust...

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    Quote Originally Posted by ebferro View Post
    I just picked up my new CTS-V last Thursday. I've put about a thousand miles on it so far and it's great. I've got about 500 miles on it since I last washed it and there's a fair amount of brake dust on it. Most of those 500 miles were interstate miles so not a lot of brake applications were made. Is the brake dust normal? There seems to be more on the driver's side front wheel than the passenger side front wheel. There's nothing on the rears. Anyone else experience this?
    Excessive break dust is normal. I too get a little more dust on one front wheel than the other, although cannot recall which one it is. I want to say the driver side is slightly more dusty.

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    The dust collected on these monster brakes is nothing to my SRT8. It also had 6 piston calipers and damn those things got much dustier, much quicker.

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    Bed the pads, less dust IMHO. Still some but not near as much as the first week I had the V.

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    Isn't the pad material the main reason for dust. Get the semi metallic pads with stainless steel brake lines. Should improve braking w less dust.

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    Yes, it is the pad material. I wouldn't go to semi-metallic since that might wear the rotors then too. I have never had a bad experince with ceramic pads and will get a set as soon as mine wear out.

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    I can't wait. Having Hawk Ceramics put in next week. I hope they kick out less dust while remaining as quiet as my stock pads have been. lavaman and at least one other forum member are running them, hopefully they'll chime in with a report...

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    "Bedding" the brakes does help...but performance machines use and need excellent brakes. Without dust, you don't have the stopping power you need in this wonderful vehicle.

    I am a little (well a lot) compulsive...I remove the wheels on both of my performance cars weekly to clean and fondle...

    Here is a wonderful site that explains the process of "bedding brakes" and explains the need for the process.

    http://www.zeckhausen.com/bedding_in_brakes.htm

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    Same problem with the dust.
    Also, the brake dust has this oily residue and is a PITA to clean off.
    Any suggestions other than elbow grease?

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    Quote Originally Posted by shchow View Post
    Same problem with the dust.
    Also, the brake dust has this oily residue and is a PITA to clean off.
    Any suggestions other than elbow grease?
    Griot's Garage has an excellent wheel cleaner; spray it on and let it sit for a minute, give the wheel a light spritz with the hose nozzle and wipe the dust off with a wet sponge. Very little effort needed.

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    Quote Originally Posted by JFJr View Post
    Griot's Garage has an excellent wheel cleaner; spray it on and let it sit for a minute, give the wheel a light spritz with the hose nozzle and wipe the dust off with a wet sponge. Very little effort needed.
    Hi,

    Is it safe to use it on clear coated wheels?

    Thanks,
    Jeffrey

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey View Post
    Hi,

    Is it safe to use it on clear coated wheels?

    Thanks,
    Jeffrey
    Yes, I have been using it for years with great results.

    BTW if any of you hate to clean wheels, bring your car to me and I will clean your wheels for a mere $1,000 per car. Ha haa!

    Jud

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    Quote Originally Posted by shchow View Post
    Same problem with the dust.
    Also, the brake dust has this oily residue and is a PITA to clean off.
    Any suggestions other than elbow grease?
    YES! Mothers foaming "all wheel and tire cleaner". They claimed spray it on, let it sit, hose it off and you don't have to touch the wheels.

    Well, with my previously waxed wheels, the stuff worked

    No touching and no residue or water spots.

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    Re: Excessive Brake Pad Dust?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffrey View Post
    Hi,

    Is it safe to use it on clear coated wheels?

    Thanks,
    Jeffrey
    I think our manuals state only use soap and water.

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