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    Brake Dust Issue

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    New guy here, I seem to have excessive brake dust forming on my rims, is this typical on Audi's? The braking seems really good but i cant keep my wheels clean for more than 2 days?

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    not uncommon w/ oem pads....

    semi metallic pads will help....
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    Quote Originally Posted by wkhanna View Post
    not uncommon w/ oem pads....

    semi metallic pads will help....
    So...Audi OEM pads are organic?

    As far as I know semi-metallic pads produce a lot of dark brake dust that sticks to your rims. I think you have to go with pricey ceramic pads to reduce brake dust. Ceramic pads have good stopping power, but not quite as aggressive as metallic pads.
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    Established Member Four Rings wkhanna's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by mobidutch View Post
    So...Audi OEM pads are organic?

    As far as I know semi-metallic pads produce a lot of dark brake dust that sticks to your rims. I think you have to go with pricey ceramic pads to reduce brake dust. Ceramic pads have good stopping power, but not quite as aggressive as metallic pads.
    sorry.... meant ceramic....

    ...& yes, audi oem are semi-metallic.... but are known to produce a far amount of dust.
    other aftermarket semi-metallic pads, like EBC, offer compositions which are designed to produce lower dust.

    ceramic, like the Akebono, are known for being a good choice for low dust....

    but ceramic may or may not not be the best choice for for a daily driver..... they provide less 'cold bite', need to heat up for best performance & don't dissipate heat as well.
    the reason they dont make dust is cuz they have a lower coefficient of friction which results in lower abrasion of the rotor, which is what causes the dust in the first place.
    so for sport-performance, ceramic may not be a good choice.

    its a compromise, based your personal priority....

    jmho.. ymmv...
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    Gotcha. Thanks for the explanation!
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    You can also clean and polish the wheels with any number of products from you local auto store. Clean and polished wheels tend to better resist brake dust sticking to them and so stay clean longer. Polished wheels are also easier to "rinse clean". Like everything, it's about proper maintenance.
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    i use Sonax Polymer Net Shield on mine.
    it really does help......

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