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Old 05-12-2010, 01:02 PM   #1
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Brembo calipers on my SS are starting to discolor. Anyone else experience this?

After getting my new wheels I have noticed that the Brembo calipers on my SS are starting to discolor or fade a bit in color. I tried wiping them off, but it didn't do anything. Has anyone experienced this with theirs? I haven't put too much effort into cleaning them, but just seems odd they would discolor, especially with such low miles on my car (3700).

thanks you in advance for any feedback.
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:17 PM   #2
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any track days? how do you drive? Maybe something that you use to wash it with?
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Old 05-12-2010, 02:22 PM   #3
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Never been to the track. I drive pretty mellow actually. The detailer washes it not me so maybe they do use something, but I don't think so. Just weird. Seemed to happen overnight.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:01 PM   #4
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I have this problem - completely gray - Black color is gone.
District Chevy Rep looked at the four calipers and spoke to engineering and said it's cosmetic and won't take care of it.

They said the function is fine... Working with the owner and she is going to try to get new calipers for me.

Had this problem at 2800 miles (last year) - I drive hard, but this shouldn't happen
I have 5010 miles now
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:23 PM   #5
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Mine are doing the same thing..turning grey and discoloring.I use no cleaning chemicals on the wheels at all. I drive very light.6000 miles on it..
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:27 PM   #6
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Mine were gray when they were new. I didn't know they came in black.
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:33 PM   #7
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sorry, meant to say they are fading to a much lighter shade of gray, they were dark gray to start..
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Old 05-12-2010, 09:38 PM   #8
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degreaser or wheel cleaner will bring them back to life

simple green, dawn soap, Adam's all-purpose cleaner, Adam's green wheel cleaner

i use the green wheel cleaner from adams on my calipers everytime i clean the wheels.
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Old 05-12-2010, 10:43 PM   #9
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I tried using wheel cleaner and other cleaners on mine today and it didn't work at all. They are gray, but getting a white-ish faded discoloration to them. I have friends at the local GMC dealership in service where i take my cars and I already told him about the calipers. He's going to take a look at them tomorrow and see what he can do. GM should replace them. Yes, they are more for functionality, but if they weren't designed for appearance as well then I don't think they would put "Brembo" on the side of them and make them in a nice finish from the factory.

I'll keep you guys posted. The thing with GM is if enough people complain and records are made about the same problem then GM will create a bulletin and implement a corrective action for it. Let's hope anyways. Fingers crossed!
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Old 05-12-2010, 11:02 PM   #10
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Sounds like a good excuse to get a rattle can and custom paint your calipers
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:49 PM   #11
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So no solid answer from my service buddy at the dealer. He agreed they shouldn't look like that with only 3700 miles on the odometer. After calling GM they said they had no reported cases on file as of yet. They documented mine and told him to check back in a month or two as they might have more and a bulletin for it with a solution. I am also waiting for a GM regional rep to call me about another issue so my service rep told me to tell him and he might get it taken care of. My other option he suggested was to have his GM rep come and look at it, but he said he is very thorough and might take a look under the hood and try to relate the caliper issue to the supercharger or something.

So for those of you that have the same issue, let the dealer know and have them document it so they can start getting a solution worked out. I will update on what the GM regional rep says when i speak with him. Pretty disappointed this is happening. Tried using all kinds of stuff and it doesn't help at all. I will report back once I talk to the rep.
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:57 PM   #12
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I have the same problem.... what i think it is the product they use (i have a detailer as well) when they polish your rims or a spray for tires and when it gets on there and you drive it heat will do that. Mine is a shad of gray with a hint of white. :(

i know others use different products for rim/tire care but for some it happens and others it doesnt...i guess
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Old 05-18-2010, 11:15 PM   #13
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Good news guys - there might be a documented case for this caliper issue.

I had my dealer get GM to look at this again. They denied me once and said they claimed it to be cosmetic.

I talked to the dealer and she got in touch with the regional rep and they are replacing all four calipers.

The cost is only $142.00 for each caliper - i couldn't believe how cheap they are. I had the parts dept. check it twice.

Props to the Chevy Rep. and my dealer MUZI CHEVROLET in Needham, MA.
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Old 05-19-2010, 12:03 AM   #14
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That is great news. this is exactly what I need to provide my service rep. Do you have a service contact name I could get so I can have my service rep call them possibly and get the info from them?

Good stuff and I'm stoked that there is still hope.

thank you,

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Old 05-19-2010, 12:25 AM   #15
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Mine are also looking kind of old. What would be a good color to paint them on an IOM with polished 20's ? Grey again, black? red?
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:10 AM   #16
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Regional rep from Eastern Massachusetts - don't know his name.
My fight was that they initially denied me and said it was cosmetic; nevertheless, if our paint had an issue (cosmetic) or seating issues (cosmetic) they would take care of it. So, Mr. Service rep. why not take care of this issue?
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Old 05-19-2010, 01:06 PM   #17
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I was wondering if i could get the name of your service rep at Muzi Chevrolet, not the regional GM rep? I'm speaking with my dealer right now and forwarded some info on to them, but would like a contact at Muzi Chevrolet to see what they did different than my dealer. any help would be appreciated. Stoked they replaced those for you.

thanks very much.
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:39 PM   #18
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In my opinion if the exterior paints fade is the dealer going to tell you it is cosmetic and make you live with a faded car? No, they will fix the problem. To me ALL paint should be covered the same. The only exception would be if they can prove you caused the problem or if it just really needs to be cleaned and not repainted, maybe thats what they meant by cosmetic?
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Mine are looking grey as well. would love the contact info as well and get us info you can on this issue. Thanks again.
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Have they changed the material or paint on the new calipers that are being installed now? If not, they are just going to discolor again.
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Old 05-20-2010, 11:32 PM   #21
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So I got the call today from my service rep at the dealer and he told me that his GM rep approved the caliper replacement. He told them rep that I own multiple GM vehicles and I am a very good customer so he approved it. Unfortunately I have to "agree" or sign something saying that it was caused by a corrosive material or cleaner when washing the vehicle and that they will only do this one time only. I don't agree, but that was the only way for the rep to be able to get the replacements approved in a quick amount of time. Otherwise i guess it opens a whole new can of worms involving Brembo. I'm sure it will be documented for other cases, but I'm just glad it's getting taken care of. The calipers are already on order so I'm really happy.

So if others experience this and the dealers say NO then don't accept that and call GM customer service. I think you'll be taken care of someway, somehow as I was.
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By you signing this form it gives them ammo to say this problem is due to something the owner did and doesn't help. Like I said, unless they've changed the calipers they are just going to do it again.
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Well both reps agree that it wasn't something I did, but according to what I was told with how many weird and odd things they see each day (owner inflicted and not) this was the quickest way to make the customer (me) happy. I honestly think that some of the calipers didn't get a clear coat or some finishing process when they were made. I have seen others with 5x as many miles and they look perfect. No cleaners were ever used on my calipers or wheels that would harm or tarnish them so I will just hope that the new ones will have the right finish and this won't happen again. That is about all I can do at this point and I got the end result I wanted, just not in the way I wanted. With a new baby and two businesses to run, I don't have time to fight it in any other way. If it happens again then I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Bottom line is I asked them to replace them and they are so I'm happy (for now).
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I just looked at mine, and they are discolorinng as well. 11k miles on them. I am the only one who has ever washed my car, and have never used any degreaser on them or anything. One is worse than the others. guess I will need to ask my dealer about it.
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