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Old 03-10-2014, 08:11 AM   #21
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What catches my eye while driving on the highway is the brake calipers on other cars. This is what sets the old cars from the fresh, new ones. I feel the clean, bright metal look on the brakes shows the car is either new or well taken care of. So I decided on cleaning mine. I tried brake cleaner, soap and water, hand wire brush. Nothing seemed to worked enough to my liking until I found this.



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Spent a whole $5 on a wire brush kit that attaches to a drill. Took me about one hour from pulling the jack out to torquing the the wheel bolts back on.



I'd say this is one of the easiest and best ways to take years off our aging e46s.



Bought the pack of brushes from Harbor Freight and just used a power drill to clean the calipers and hub. This do not take off metal or hurt anything. Just stripping and cleaning years of brake dust and road grime from the car.



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Even with the awesome BMW brake dust, they have stayed clean this past month. I usually hit them with Meguiars Hot Rims when I wash my car. This seems to put them right back to clean.

Plus, just as I expected, all of my wheel vibrations have been cleared!



Hope this helps anyone that has vibration problems or never could find a way to clean the calipers.

Such a major difference. I cant wait to do this!! Mines is pretty beat lol.


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Old 03-10-2014, 09:01 AM   #22
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Metal Rescue and Evaporust works awesome. Used both types when I was redoing my rusty and crusty calipers

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Old 03-10-2014, 10:07 AM   #23
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Oh wow, this is exactly what I need to do.

Thanks for the write up.
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Old 03-10-2014, 11:40 AM   #24
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Would also be a great time to rebuild your calipers if necessary
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Old 03-10-2014, 02:59 PM   #25
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Metal Rescue and Evaporust works awesome. Used both types when I was redoing my rusty and crusty calipers

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Wow, big difference. It cleaned so deep that it even changed the casting numbers and overall shape of the caliper...
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Old 03-10-2014, 06:36 PM   #26
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Yeah amazing huh? The wonders of modern chemistry

Jk. Posted the wrong 2nd pic. Of course these were painted, but just showing that it pretty much got rid of all that crust

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Gotta try this, thanks OP
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another thing to do while the wheels are off doing suspension...do you people not realise im very time poor!! lol

thanks for the pics OP definitely need to do this
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Is there a certain technique to clean these?


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Try a little anti seize on the rusted wheel mounting surface and centering hub and they will never rust.
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Would this take caliper paint off? I'd like that because then it's a great excuse to redo
Yes it does. I've done this to many cars that the owners painted and later regretted.
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Just attach to a drill and go full speed ahead. It's very simple and only takes 1 minute per wheel.
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:06 PM   #33
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Is the wire kit pictured the one you purchased?

All I'm finding @ HB at the moment...
http://www.harborfreight.com/6-piece...l#.UyDLP847owo
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Just did this a few days ago. Used a brass brush attachment. Although it looks better, it's not the result I hoped for. Mine look way much darker.

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Hrm...weird how the OP got it alot shinier. If you want a nice look and have some time, spray it with a coat of High Heat primer and High Heat silver spray paint. I also took it one step further and did a coat of VHT clear coat aftewards
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