Date registered: Feb 2004
Vehicle: 1997 S500
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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RE: Carbon buildup on front wheels
JREED: Welcome to the forum! The answer is quite simple: Stop using your brakes. -LOL- [;)]
The dust is the result of friction between the brake rotors and your car's brake pads. While braking, the newer, softer brake pad compounds are displaced and end up coating your wheel.
Brake "dust" is actually a combination of carbon fibres, metal filings and polymer adhesives. It's the adhesive residues that unfortunately stick everything to the wheels. Leave our wheels unattended in this condition and the coating becomes acidic. It etches into the finish of your wheels, seriously damaging them, so it's not just an appearance issue...
There are several remedies to this issue.
"If money can fix it, it's not a problem..."