Brake Dust Shields
Keeping your wheels in top condition can be a tedious task since these parts are, after all, regularly exposed to plenty of damaging elements such as dirt, grime, road salt, and brake dust. There's really nothing you can do against road dirt, grime, and salt. You'll just have to make sure you regularly clean the wheels to prevent these elements from seriously damaging the wheels. As for brake dust, however, you can equip your wheels with brake dust shields. These components are designed to prevent brake dust from reaching the wheels, thereby preventing brake dust buildup that can lead to premature wheel deterioration. So if you want to keep your wheels shiny and looking new, install dust shields by following the instructions below.
Tools you'll need:
- Jack and jack stands
- Mallet or hammer
- Clean rag
Step 1: Prep up your car.
Lift up your vehicle with jack stands so you can have proper access to the wheels. Make sure that the car is jacked up on a leveled surface.
Step 2: Remove the wheel.
Using a wrench, remove the lug nuts that attach the wheel to the assembly. Once each lug nut is removed, pull off the wheel and store it somewhere where it won't get scratched or nicked. You can lay it down on a clean rag or a microfiber cloth.
Step 3: Attach the brake dust shields (one wheel at a time).
Look for a special marking (usually a red arrow) on the brake dust cover that will help you figure out if you've installed it the right way or not. As you attach the brake dust shield, make sure that this marking points to the direction of the wheel as it rolls. Now installing a dust shield is similar to attaching a hubcap inside. Simply place the dust shield against the hub, making sure it lays flatly against the hub's surface. Align the holes of the shield with the holes on the wheel and push the shield in place.
Step 4: Lock the brake dust shield in place.
Put the wheel back in place and tighten the lug nuts with a wrench. As you tighten the nuts, the brake dust shield is also locked in place. Make sure you don't tighten the nuts too much since you might damage the dust shield and the wheel.
To install the other brake dust shields, repeat the process on the other wheels.
- When attaching brake dust shields, you can use a rubber mallet to gently tap them in place.
- After installing the brake dust covers, go for a test drive and watch out for clanking noises. If you hear these noises, reinstall the brake dust covers. Repeat until you achieve a smooth, clank-free drive.
- If you're not yet 100% sure that you want to purchase brake dust shields for all your wheels, you can start by installing two shields for the front wheels since these are more prone to dust buildup.
- Properly installing a dust cover on a wheel shouldn't void your vehicle's warranty. If you have concerns regarding this, talk to your manufacturer or dealer.