When I took delivery of my IS300, I noticed the brake calipers had something messy on them. Looks like someone sprayed silverish-white paint on parts of them (messy drips and all). Even stranger is that several appear to have been done with a wheel spoke blocking part of the sprayed on mess (but nothing on my wheels. It is definitely permanent, because I haven't been able to scrub it off.
I talked to my salesman before taking deliver and he agreed it was a mess. He's looking into what they can do about it. Since I was already planning to paint my calipers I didn't make a stink about it. I'm just curious if anyone else has seen this?
i've seen that stuff in my civic's engine bay. i think they used it to see if there are any leaks from piping. but i think yours are then by accident. or to check if the break lines were leaking. but you can wipe mine off. not sure about yours.
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[This message has been edited by atomicbombpinoy (edited August 17, 2000).]
I would definitely have Lexus replace ALL the calipers and maybe even the brake rotors if they show signs of having that stuff on them. This is not "Lexus" quality. Shouldn't matter if the dealer says it's nothing...demand quality. Especially considering the amount you just paid.
irv_usc...the orange stuff is rust. My IS300's rotors get like that after it sits there in the rain. I noticed this once after it rained all night on the car. But as soon as you dive off and hit the brakes...they're cleaned off.
I sent the same pics to the service manager and got a very nice phone call within an hour asking me to bring the car in. He needs to see it in person before agreeing to anything, but I'm going to suggest that they either paint them (easiest option), powder coat them (I think this is like $600), or replace them (I don't want them to have to rip things apart, so this is the least favorite).
Like I said, I was planning on painting anyway, so if I can get them to do the job then I'm a happy camper. I'm not getting too worked up over it. If I would have cared that much, I would have refused to take delivery. This will be a good test of Lexus customer service!
A follow-up: The service guys said that they would certainly take care of it. They even thought that the dealer prep might have been the culprit. Apparently they use some harsh cleaner on the wheels during prep and that might be the cause of the discolored calipers.
Anyway, they're going to paint them for me! They'll either have it professionally done at a body shop or use a can of caliper paint and have their own paint person do it. That more than makes me happy, because I wasn't looking forward to masking everything off myself!
The VHT caliper paint color is a very good match for Spectra Blue Mica. The dealer completely disassembled the calipers and painted them off of the vehicle. They did four coats of the VHT blue and one of high-temp clear coat. Much more meticulous than I expected (certainly more than I would have done!)!
[This message has been edited by MNSpectraBlueIS (edited August 23, 2000).]
Must just be due to the camera. They actually disassembled the brakes and individually painted just the calipers (while removed from the car). This meant that everything looks very professional, and that they had to do a full brake bleed, etc. to accomplish it. It does look sweet in person!
Re: where to get VHT paint
I got mine from the local Champion Auto. They sold the paint but had to special order in the color I wanted because they didn't have it. Was like $6.99 for a can. Matches the SBM very well. I've seen something almost identical at Pep Boys for brake calipers. Don't remember the brand, but it was a major one (like ColorMatch or something?).
I can say that I'm glad I had someone else do it, because I think I would have made a mess...