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Installing Brake Dust Shields in Three Easy Steps

Wheels add up to the vehicle's attractive looks when they are clean and shiny. While they can be cleaned and polished regularly to maintain their tiptop shape, the dust produced by the brakes causes wheel discoloration, making the wheels dull and unsightly. This is the reason brake dust shields are installed. If your ride is not yet equipped with these add-ons, you'd better purchase new shields now and follow these steps in brake dust shield installation:

Required skill level: Intermediate

What you'll need:

  • Floor jack
  • Dust shields
  • Lug wrench
  • Dust shields
  • Removing the wheel

    Take the hub cap off. Using a lug wrench, loosen the stud or the lug nuts that secure the wheels in place. Carefully raise your ride with a floor jack and let it rest on jack stands. Remove the wheel on the side where the vehicle was raised. With its face down, lay the wheel onto a towel or soft surface so its finish won't be scratched.

    Installing the brake dust shield

    On the dust shield, find the red arrow that indicates the shield's correct direction. Adjust the shield in such a way that the arrow points to the same direction the wheel will move as you drive forward.

    Carefully slide the dust shield into the inside part of the wheel while making sure the directional arrow remains visible. Pay attention to the holes in the dust shield; they should be lined up with the wheel's lug holes.

    Apply pressure on the outer edge of the shield. Ensure that the shield's flat surface lies flat against the wheel's hub surface. If the shield isn't seated properly, press down hard once again, making sure there are no gaps between the shield's edge and the wheel's surface.

    Reinstalling the wheel

    Insert and hand-tighten the lug nuts. Rotate the wheel by your hand and listen for scraping or rubbing sounds. If there's none, you can now lower the vehicle to the ground. Get the lug wrench and tighten the lug nuts to the right specifications as stated in your manual. Repeat these steps for the remaining wheels. Work with one wheel at a time.