My wife's jeep had the same problem after installing a set of front brake
pads from Autozone. I went with the cheapest available from them to save
money and figured how different can they be? Well, let me tell you, I will
never do that again. As you have already said, it is really discouraging to
have just gotten the vehicle looking good and after a couple of short trips,
the front wheel look like you haven't washed them in months. As anybody can
tell, having clean wheels really helps the overall appearance of the
Anyway, the next brake job that I did, I went to a better parts distributor
(Carquest) and got their middle grade of pad. Let me tell you it made a
world of difference. Brakes are quieter, are wearing better, and most
importantly, do not produce near as much of that ugly grey dust that seems
to immediately bond to the wheels even with the proper dust shields in
place. I am still cheap by nature and just couldn't force myself to go with
the most expensive but the middle grade (Blue) satisfied my needs.
From the http://www.carquest.com/brake.htm
CARQUEST Friction & Hydraulics are manufactured by Brake Parts Inc., a
Division of The Affina Group, makers of Raybestos Brand Brakes and are
available in the GOLD, BLUE, and RED brands.
Hope that is more help than just telling you to wash your car.
"Advocate" <Advo@hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> If you don't know, just say so.
>> Yes, I wash the van at least weekly. I wax it every 6-8 weeks. I use
>> wheel cleaner and a wheel brush every time I wash it. However, within
>> 100 miles, the wheels are noticeably cruddy. If I let the things go for
>> more than a week, they're black. Were talking about within 300 miles I
>> have black wheels. This is city driving we're talking about, but we're
>> not hard on the brakes.
> If you wash the truck weekly and you drive only in the city...300 miles in
> a week of city driving would be hard on the brakes.
> If you don't know, and don't want to know...don't ask.