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How to Clean the Brakes on Your Car, Truck or SUV in 6 Easy Steps

Cleaning Your Brakes
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You want the best for your vehicle, which is why you’re diligent about keeping up on its routine maintenance. Between oil changes, tire rotations and checkups, you give your ride the care it deserves. But, how often do you clean the brakes on your vehicle? While most people don’t know how to clean brakes or even that it’s a task that should be performed, cleaning brakes can prevent the buildup of brake dust and help your brakes work more effectively.

EBC Sport Rotors

EBC Sport Rotors

Upgrading Your Brakes

If you still have your stock brakes installed, perhaps it’s time you think about upgrading to performance brake rotors and brake pads rather than simply cleaning your old ones. Performance brake kits from brands like EBC brakes, Baer brakes and Brembo brakes deliver the stopping power, style and performance you demand.

You’ll find a huge selection of disc brake conversion kits, stainless steel brake lines and everything else you need to upgrade your braking system right here at AutoAnything. Plus, we offer a huge selection of brake reviews to help you decide which ceramic brake pads or EBC rotors are the best.

Once you have your performance brakes installed, you’ll want to follow these instructions to give them the proper care and maintenance they deserve.

Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads

Hawk Performance Ceramic Brake Pads

Clean Your Brakes in 6 Steps:

  • Lift your vehicle safely and securely on the lift. Wearing your safety glasses, remove the rear lug nuts and wheels with the gun and a socket.
  • Remove any drum retaining devices and remove the drum. Drums vary per vehicle, and may require additional tools to remove.
  • Empty the contents of the brake dust into a parts cleaner or a rear brake dust cleaner. Spray your entire rear brake assembly with brake clean spray to eliminate the built up brake dust covering the components
  • Clean the drum in the parts cleaner machine to eliminate any dust and dirt from the inside.
  • Apply a light coat of silicone brake lubricant to the shoe contact points on each shoe.
  • Replace the drums in the same way you removed them and readjust the rear shoes as necessary. Replace your wheels and lug nuts, making sure they are tightened securely.

EBC Sport Rotors
EBC Ultimax Slotted Rotors
Power Slot Slotted Rotors
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$43.95 each
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Ease of Installation
Recommended UseDaily Driver CarsDaily Driver CarsDaily Driver Cars

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StyleDrilled and DimpledSlottedSlotted
Warranty6-month/5,000-mile warranty6-month/5,000-mile warranty3-year/36,000-mile warranty

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