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Do We Really Need Brake Dust Shields?

Brake dust shields are normally aluminum plates sandwiching between the rim and your brake disc. Their primary duty is catching all the debris and dust blown from the brake disc and preventing it from setting on your rims. However, someone said that brake dust shield removal can save the brake components and augment the lifespan, is it true? Keep reading to know about brake dust shield purpose and we should remove them or not.

Are Brake Dust Shields Necessary?

Using brake dust shields will prevent dust accumulation from your car and also cut down on the manual cleaning. Whereas they can obviously help prolong the life of brake components, are they absolutely necessary?

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Disc brake dust shields

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Maintenance Concerns

A braking system without a brake dust shield is prone to grime and dust buildup. And, it may lead to difficult maintenance and brake malfunction, leading to severe safety threats. Although removing brake dust is relatively easier, grime, dirt and sand are harder to clean. You could also refer to our maintenance tips for tricks and tips to avoid other brake problems.

Winter Concerns

Driving on snowy roads could have a degrading impact on your car, and the braking system in particular. In order to work properly, the braking system must operate smoothly. Brake dust shield removal means your car’s braking system is exposed to the risk of flooded by mud or salt. Both of these corrosives can do harm an automotive braking system. And that means an increasing risk of brake malfunction and safety issues.

Moreover, when your brakes are beyond the normal heat level, a sudden splash of snow or icy water may cause the brake rotor to crack or warp.

Should We Remove Brake Dust Shields?

Actually, it doesn’t have any impact on your car’s braking system. Neither the braking systems cooling nor its overheating are affected. In other words, brake dust covers doesn’t interfere with car’s performance, but they have an aesthetic aspect. Therefore, it is suggested to have brake dust shields on your wheels.

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Brake dust covers

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However, if you are driving in a mild, dry and clean weather, a brake dust shield removal should not be that bad. It either will not cut short the normal lifespan. But during extreme weather, you can’t expect the same. So, unless it is required badly, brake dust shield removal is not a good idea at all.

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  1. Edson Mulilo says

    Thank you for yet another lesson. I keep following by link from your facebook page.
    Looking forward to the next.

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