- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 30, 2005

You drive a great-looking vehicle with stylish alloy wheels and tires. Keeping those wheels and tires clean and polished is probably as important to you as making sure that the shoes that you wear with your best suit or outfit are polished.

Because the wheels on your car or SUV touch the road at all times, they are prime for attracting large amounts of dirt, dust and road grime. And to make the dirty wheel problem even worse, brake-pad dust can tarnish your shiny wheels.

Once you have decided you want to get to work cleaning and polishing your wheels, deciding the chemicals to buy for the cleaning job can be as much work as the job itself. This can be a real chore.

Recently I came across a new three-step-system wheel-cleaning solution that offers a new approach to clean wheels.

The best part of this new system is that it coats the wheels with a finish that prevents the brake-pad dust from sticking to the wheel.

Michelin, the tire people, recently introduced these new wheel and tire-care products that include a “first” on the market, a new patent-pending technology that works at the molecular level to shield wheels from corrosives and unsightly brake dust.

The Michelin Wheel & Tire Care Program includes a Wheel & Tire Cleaner, a 3-in-1 Tire Shine and the Brake Dust Repellent. Michelin Wheel & Tire Care products are available at select regional retailers. Manufacturer suggested retail prices for the individual products range from $5.99 to $6.99.

Brake dust, the soot generated by brake pads as they wear, isn’t just ugly — it can be corrosive and can cause permanent damage if left on wheels.

By following the directions closely, you will keep your vehicle wheels and tires protected and shining.

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