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Brake dust on older Model S's

Discussion in 'Model S' started by Chopr147, Oct 10, 2017.

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  1. Chopr147

    Chopr147 Active Member

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    Ok a small thing but I always check other Tesla's when I see them. The 2012- June 2016 front rims often are pretty dirty. Just older? IDK. Did Tesla use different brake pads prior to the refresh? I have a refresh model S with 19k miles and NEVER have a brake dust issue. Matter of fact front rims are always just as clean as the rears. Or is the regen that much better? Like I said small detail but, it has peaked my curiosity
     
  2. arcus

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    I'm getting brake dust on my 2017 Model S regularly (even when I use regen 90% of the time).
     
  3. brkaus

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    Lots of brake dust for me too. I use regen high, but probably more brake pedal than I should.
     
  4. Chaserr

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    None for me, but I regen until it stops working and only brake for that last 2MPH or if I can't anticipate the deceleration.
     
  5. MSDadMich

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    I have not taken delivery of my Tesla just yet... due in the next week or so, however, I do know that semi metallic brake pads will generate more dust than an organic pad. Does Tesla use semi-met pads on their vehicles? If so, you may find a replacement organic pad that will generate much less noticeable dust, at the expense of stopping power of course.
     
  6. agloutney

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    I think it’s from driving on autopilot. It uses the brakes more aggressively. I stopped using AP for a while and the brake dust issue stopped.
     
  7. RogerHScott

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    In the 18 months I've owned mine I've always had a lot of (brake?) dust accumulating on the nice wheels, making them look a lot less nice. I was hoping, as some suggested, that it was a "new brake thing" that would get better, but it hasn't, noticeably.
     
  8. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    When I drive gently and rely on regen, my fronts and rears stay clean. The more I use TACC or AP, or the more aggressive i am, the dirtier they get. TACC/AP definitely use the brakes a lot more than I do on my own. They aren't able to be predictive...yet...
     

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