Cleaning your brake rotors can be a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. This article will teach you how to clean your brake rotors without removing the wheel from the car.
Cleaning brake rotor without removing wheel
While it seems more complex than actually just buying new pads, brake rotor cleaning can be done at home with little hassle. Depending on how severe the corrosion is it may take only 20 minutes to an hour with most cars/trucks.
Why clean brake rotor
Taking action to clean brake rotors now can save you hundreds of dollars in the future by avoiding not only rust but also potential damage to braking components or even having your car towed away if your rotor(s) are so rusted that they break off while driving!
Tools Needed to Clean Brake Rotor
Cleaning fluid: Citrus-based solvent is best, though any cleaner that is safe for rubber should do the job. Some degreasers will work well too, just be sure to read chemical contents to see if it’s suitable for use on brake parts (rubber and metal).
Rubber gloves: You don’t want your hands to smell like degreaser afterward so wear rubber gloves when you do this part of the job!
Safety glasses/goggles: When working with chemicals that may eat away at your paint jobs or even rust metal parts, safety comes first.
Towel: Wipe up any excess cleaner with a towel after spraying it onto rotor Cleaning Brake Rotor
How Do You Clean Brake Rotors Without Removing Wheel
1. Make a mixture of a quarter cup household bleach and two cups of water in a spray bottle
2. Spray the solution onto one section of rotor at a time
3. Let the cleaner sit on the rotor for 10 minutes
4. Wipe off the cleaner with a clean towel
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the remaining sections
6. Spray down the surface of the entire rotor to get rid of any residue
If you have heavy corrosion or rust damage, it may be necessary to take slower, more careful measures in order to avoid excessive scratching.