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We clean rims: disco


Cleaning your aluminum wheels is an important habit when you drive frequently. Building up road dirt, dust, and salt from driving in adverse conditions can make braking less consistent and wear out your wheels faster. Since sand and sand particles get stuck under your brake pads, the braking action can carry grooves in the sides of your rim, reducing their life and reducing braking power. You can clean your rim with several different cleaning products, but something biodegradable and non-aggressive is perfect for your rims and knitting needles. Once you clean your wheels, a quick check of your brake pads should stop squealing or chatter during braking.

Remove both wheels from the bike using quick releases. You want to be able to get to every surface of the wheel, joining a bike can make this difficult. Be sure to disconnect the brakes before attempting to remove the wheel from miscarriages.

Give the wheels once with a damp rag. You do not want to wipe any sand or dirt on the rim, so removing most of the dirt with a rag is a good way to prepare the rim for cleaning. Don't worry about being too thorough, just try to remove any visible dirt.

Lightly smooth the brake surface of the rim with steel wool or a cleaning pad moistened with a citrus degreaser. Work around the rim, cleaning “with grain” in the transverse direction, which corresponds to the path followed by the brakes of your rim. Coat both sides of the rim on each wheel, periodically rinse with steel wool or a cleaning pad and renew the citrus degreaser.

Clean each spoke and spoke nipples separately with a citrus degreaser. You can use a cleaning pad or rag because the needles are smooth and should be relatively easy to clean.

Using a separate cleaning pad, carefully wipe the braking surface with alcohol to remove all citrus degreasers. Clean the side walls of the tire; you do not want a degreaser to remain on the rim, which may interfere with braking. The rubbing alcohol evaporates and does not need to be washed off.

Using fine sandpaper with fine grain, gently wipe the brake pads to remove the accumulation of rubber dust or dirt. Then put the wheels back on the bike and reattach the brakes, checking that the pads are correctly inserted. You can adjust the angle of the brakes using a universal wrench. Make sure your brakes are parallel to the rim and not touching the tires, and they first touch the side toward the front bike.

Washing the rim is much harder than rinsing the body. Stains of bitumen, particles of wear of the pads - which does not stick there. The author called for help of various kinds of liquids and other drugs.

To solve the problem, the easiest way, of course, is to go to the car wash: it's nice to drink coffee while the washer works out his salary. However, not every pocket allows it. Yes, and sometimes you want to tinker with the car at least in this way. It would seem that washing the disks will not take much time: it’s wet, rubbed, meticulously appreciated - that's all. Though…

However, the work was difficult. Especially if the purchased product refuses to fight with bitumen and old pollution, and your favorite kitchen threatens to destroy the varnished surface with your abrasive particles. And it’s really a shame to make sure that you chose something wrong in the store: you can wash the purchase of disks, but only brake ones.

As usual, we tried to check everything that we could find in the store, supplementing the company with a familiar household tool. The leaders decided surprisingly quickly: the “Americans” from the Meguiar′s team climbed to the top. As for non-core liquids, then this time they blinked. We assume that we checked the Cif cleaner and the brake disc cleaner from Liqui Moly out of set-off: we just made sure that we could not remove the dirt from the wheels. The remaining drugs were tried to put in places, and the priority criterion in many cases was the price. This is justified: how else to compare products that easily remove only weak soiling and pass in front of strong ones?

Our opinion on each of the tested products is in the photo gallery. With blank disks, the car is simply obliged to go better!

Outside Cif Cream


500 ml, 125 rub.

In such tests, we often test purely kitchen remedies: what if they fit? But this contains abrasive particles, and therefore it can not be used on the paintwork. The check on the control sample confirmed the fears - there were scratches on the coating.

Out of standings Liqui Moly

Schnell-Reiniger Quick Cleaner


500 ml, 300 rub.

Claims are not to the tool, but to the seller, who decided that if it is suitable for brake discs, then it will be suitable for wheels. No, it will not do! The composition is intended for cleaning and degreasing parts that are not afraid of solvents, but spray it on rubber, plastic and varnish. Therefore, it turned out to be off-set - this is a warning to inattentive sellers and buyers.

7th place DoctorWax

Professional wheel cleaner


650 ml, 340 rub.

It removes fresh dirt, but before the old, dried up it passes. True, if you rub for a long time and with great zeal, then something starts to work out. For such cases, the manufacturer recommends using a brush. Maybe then the composition is not really needed?

6 place GRASS

Volzhsky, Russia

1 liter, 200 rub.

This is a concentrate. Before applying it must be diluted, and in addition to purchase a spray. Efficiency is rather weak. To remove old, dried dirt, you need to rub for a long time, and still the composition does not completely remove it.

5th place SONAX

Disk Cleaning Gel


500 ml, 325 rub.

The annotation states that it removes heavy contaminants. But in practice, he saved before bituminous spots on the cast disk, even after repeated processing. The remaining contaminations in the form of residual adhering dust from the wear of the brake pads were handled easily. After application, you need to wait up to 5 minutes. Long…

3-4 place ASTROhim

Universal cleaner


500 ml, 80 rub.

In terms of effectiveness, it is identical to a specialized drug of the same name. Involuntarily the thought about the same barrel creeps in. To remove something, you need to rub for a long time, making a lot of effort. But it's inexpensive!

1-2 place Meguiar's

Wheel Polishing KIT


Set, 1345 rub.

Beautiful big packaging. For effective cleaning, a foam nozzle is attached to the drill. There is even a composition for cleaning it after polishing. But greedy with a cleaning agent - only 118 ml in a tube. But the tool coped with all the bituminous spots and old, dried up mud. At the same time, we checked the washing composition for the nozzle: after washing, as new. That's just the price ...

How to wash discs from soot brake pads

In general, the problem is as follows. Put the front Ferado 3000 drove them a little about 2000, but it turned out that the last 1000 on the highway, then drove to the car wash and was surprised the whole car was clean and the front two discs are black. They started to rub with different chemistry and it doesn’t help, the feeling is that the blocks were erased directly in pieces and adhered to the disks. Who faced such a problem? How can I wash discs?

Water, 5 sec. Soot pads are essentially dust. Washes off at a time. So you do not have pads.

Take Profoam 2000 and Wash! Good thing, the 1000th so everything eats away!


Night rider
Why overpay if there is Dosya)))

I agree that the soot is washed in 5 seconds and before I did not encounter such a problem at all, but as soon as I put the other pads this happened. moreover, this is not just dust, but in some places a thick layer of soot. If you rub it with something sharp, it’s a little cleaned off but I’m clutching all the disks like that. Maybe there is some traditional medicine?

Well, interestingly, well. Not bitumen?
From soot - gasoline, kerosene.

coca-cola. They say it corrodes everything and even rust.

no bitumen is 100%
Chemistry like bitumen cleaners does not take, I also tried disk cleaners like this specifically for this crap, too, without result.
I didn’t try coca-cola, but for the experiment I’ll try it

Yes, these are such pads! I also somehow wiped discs like that! Fairies do not blow this crap!
Try powder with hot water!

Motul has a disc brake cleaner

Comments 33

Forlega is a good tool. But poisonous PPC. You just can’t breathe in close by. This chemistry was used on a car wash (as it was, I used to work as a washer). This chemistry corrodes enamel. soot can be washed off very easily.

And where to find this?

I saw something being sold in chemistry for a summer residence. In Leroy, in my opinion there is, if I'm not mistaken google!

Thanks, I’ll take note for the future

Try it, you won’t regret it; just be careful with it, very caustic chemistry.

Forlega is a good tool. But poisonous PPC. You just can’t breathe in close by. This chemistry was used on a car wash (as it was, I used to work as a washer). This chemistry corrodes enamel. soot can be washed off very easily.

A similar chemistry about which you write like Schumanite contains alkali, therefore it recalls so well. If the surface to be cleaned is protected with varnish, then in principle there is nothing to be afraid of, but if by chance it gets on pure aluminum or duralumin, as well as on chrome, there will be PI ... c. I washed the roof rails from shit ((((((((Profoam 1000 also copes like it makes noise, I’m sure that the composition is almost identical, the question is the concentration in alkali. The main thing is if you didn’t have to keep the debt! Good luck to everyone!