A brake dust shield, also known as a brake dust cover or brake backing plate, is a component found in the braking system of a car. It serves as a protective shield located behind the brake rotor or brake drum.
Brake dust shields are typically made of metal and are designed to fit snugly behind the brake rotor or brake drum. They are positioned in a way that allows airflow for cooling the brakes while providing a barrier against dust and debris. The brake dust shield is designed to prevent dust, debris, and other contaminants from entering the braking system. It helps to protect the brake rotor, brake pads, and other brake components from excessive buildup of brake dust and foreign particles.
Brake dust shield noise
Brake dust shield noise can include rattling, scraping or grinding, squealing or squeaking, and whirring or humming sounds. These noises can occur due to a loose or damaged shield, misalignment, contact with the brake rotor or pad, or a malfunctioning shield.
If you are experiencing noise related to the brake dust shield, consider the following steps to deal with the problem:
- Inspect for damage or misalignment.
- Tighten loose components carefully.
- Bend or realign the shield if necessary.
- Ensure proper clearance between the shield and brake components.
- Replace severely damaged or worn shields.
- Seek professional help if unsure or uncomfortable.
If you are unsure about any step or lack the necessary tools and expertise, you are always suggested to consult a qualified mechanic.
Brake dust shield replacement
Brake dust shields may need to be replaced due to damage, excessive wear, misalignment, reduced effectiveness, or as part of recommended maintenance. To replace a brake dust shield, you can:
- Lift the vehicle and remove the wheel.
- Locate and remove the old shield.
- Install the new shield in the correct position.
- Reassemble the wheel and lower the vehicle.
- Test the brakes for proper functioning.