2007 S60: Dirty Front Wheels

Discussion in 'Volvo S60' started by Pavel314, May 8, 2008.

  1. Pavel314

    Pavel314 Guest

    I bought a 2007 S60 2.5T demo with about 6,000 miles on it last November. It
    now has about 13,000 miles. I love the car but it has one peculiarity that I
    find puzzling.

    The wheels are the alloy type with five segments and double spokes between.
    The front wheels get a gritty black coating and the back wheels don't. This
    black film washes off easily but I can't come up with a good reason why the
    front wheels get dirty so soon after washing. Since the engine is up front,
    it may be something from the engine; turbo blow-by, a rubber belt atomizing,
    engine coolant reacting with cosmic rays, whatever. Or it may be that the
    front tires stir up the road dirt and it's blown away by the time the rear
    tires get there.

    Not a real problem, just a puzzlement.

    Paul
     
    Pavel314, May 8, 2008
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  2. brake dust.......go to your local auto parts store and get some
    cleaner
    and a brush.....they will look like new...careful w/the wheels...they
    can
    be damaged if you use the wrong cleaner....
     
    ~^ beancounter ~^, May 8, 2008
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    John Smith Guest

    You're joking - aren't you?? Seriously, just stirring for a reaction?
     
    John Smith, May 8, 2008
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  4. Pavel314

    Someone Guest

    I use a pressure washer (1300 psi) to clean the wheels. It makes life
    about ten times easier. Also use it to make the car wet and rinse
    after hand wash with Meguiar car detergent.

    If using a pressure washer, make sure you use a low psi, like 1300.
    Otherwise, you could be removing the paint from your car.

    P.S. Never use a chamois to dry it up. You'll only be dragging tiny
    particles over the paint and scratch it. I use old bath cloth.
     
    Someone, May 9, 2008
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  5. yea, i have heard some of the high pressure washers can not only
    remove paint...but blast a hole in your skin....be careful w/them...
     
    ~^ beancounter ~^, May 9, 2008
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  6. Pavel314

    Someone Guest

    Not at 1300 psi. It is so gentle you can easily put your hand right
    in front of it. Mags used to be a pain to clean, but with a gentle
    p.w. it is a piece of cake. I actually look forwards to cleaning the
    Volvo.

    This is the one I use,

    http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/...Ntx=mode+matchall&recN=0&N=0&Ntk=P_PartNumber

    Btw, it is NOT for major work, like its name implies, "The Weekender"
    is perfect for cars and LIGHT cleaning. It will do "ok" for cleaning
    the deck, but it gonna take you a LONG time. I've been using it for a
    few years and LOVE to clean the mags. Doesn't consume a lot of water.
     
    Someone, May 9, 2008
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  7. I would return the car! :)
     
    Arnoud Helmantel, May 9, 2008
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    James Sweet Guest


    I wonder if the obvious has truly gone by him or maybe he's just
    trolling? Just in case he really doesn't know, the wheels get dirty from
    material worn off the brake pads. The front brakes do approximately 80%
    of the braking effort so the pads wear much more quickly.
     
    James Sweet, May 9, 2008
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    blurp Guest

    I have cut my hand with the jet from a pressure washer. It is very
    slow to heal.

    blurp
     
    blurp, May 12, 2008
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  10. Yeah I saw where some one suggested using a high pressure hose to clean the
    radiator out through the fins ,sure just once and see the radiator
    disintergrate .
     
    John Robertson, May 13, 2008
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  11. it dosen't take much pressure to bend a fin....
     
    ~^ beancounter ~^, May 13, 2008
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    Roadie Guest

    That's disc pad dust. It's a problem for any car with front wheel
    disc brakes, which by my estimation would be almost any modern car on
    the road by now.
     
    Roadie, May 13, 2008
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  13. You can see where I accidently hit the fins of the radiator washing the
    blades of the plastic fan with a normal high pressure hose ,its rather
    embarrassing actually .
     
    John Robertson, May 14, 2008
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  14. Pavel314

    Someone Guest

    Like I said, use a LOW pressure washer. 1300 psi is safe enough. The
    one I mentionned is a gentle one. It is for this reason I bought the
    weakest p.w. I could find. Prevents me from doing damages. And it is
    great for cleaning the mags!
     
    Someone, May 14, 2008
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