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Yes this is true that the black is from your braked pads and rotors , very common on cars that drive many miles and do a lot of braking due to hilly area's ,lot of stop and starts .
Very important that the Alu wheels are kept clean with weekly wash or the Alu will corrode .
Here is a good write up on this issue from EBC brakes .
Please click here for link .
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Could you please take a photo of the wheel for me so i can see the issue .
Thank you Greg
Yes Brenda thats brake soot from cheap brakes .
The style of brake pad is to blame. The 2 most common pad that cause this issue are organic or semi-metallic.
Organic brake pads are a pressed pad of material that is very soft and disintegrates easily. It helps create a quiet stop with a shorter braking distance.
Semi-metallic brake pads are organic with metallic material mixed in. This creates a longer lasting brake pad than an organic, but is also a primary cause of brake noise.
The most effective solution to reducing brake dust is to use a ceramic brake pad
Brenda VW normally use a good set of pads from ATE or Bosch .
you would have to ask what they used or next time use a independent VW shop
and have the brakes done there.and tell them what pads you want so not to have this problem .
A good wheel cleaner at autozone will work good, or also a good small 2" paint brush hair cut in by half and a squirt of dishwasher liquid mixed with warm water and scrub the wheels will get the dust off..
Hi Brenda .
The compound used in the brakes that let off a lot sooty dust will not affect the brakes and you will be safe .
if the pads have just been replaced just keep the rim nice and clean and don't worry too much this is normal
to be sure that the new brakes are better than the old ones just wash the rim and keep an eye on the build up .
Don't let this worry you Brenda you will be okay ..
Kindest regards Greg
Hi Brenda sorry did not get back sooner had to pick up a car .
Most likely the others have there wheels cleaned because of this problem .
they most likely use this product PLEASE CLICK HERE
This would be perfect for you ,just spray it on wait a minute or two, then spray off with the garden hose .
No scrubbing or bending down , you need a car was that does wheels before you go thougfh the wash as many car wash
don't do wheel that good .