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Orange Fusion
12-03-2006, 09:54 AM
Ok, I did search, but couldn't find a good answer for this one. I went to change my brake pads yesterday and found that the rotors are in need of replacing (warped slightly), and I couldn't get the darn things to budge. I did take a good whack or two (or three or four) with a hammer trying to break them free, but they don't want to budge.

Any suggestions?

Malaclypse
12-03-2006, 10:36 AM
Are there small metal clips around any of the wheel studs? If there are you're going to have to get a pair of dykes to remove those and then the rotor will fall off.

Orange Fusion
12-03-2006, 11:00 AM
I did check for those and there are not any...it's just corroded to the hub pretty good, and I don't want to go and damage anything trying to force them off.

cavingman
12-03-2006, 11:07 AM
If you are replacing the rotors, put a lugnut on one of the studs so they dont fly off, and smack the edge of them with a hammer.
if your going to machine them find a different mehod, but replace = doesnt matter if you damage them anyways.

Orange Fusion
12-03-2006, 04:25 PM
A liberal application of liquid wrench, a larger hammer, and off came the rotors. :thumbs:

I just wanted to make sure there wasn't something I needed to look out for before knocking the crap out of them. Thanks for the help!

cavingman
12-03-2006, 04:29 PM
np, used to be a tech, BFH (bg f*kin hammer) was my favorite brake tool.

Malaclypse
12-03-2006, 04:29 PM
To help the new rotors go on easier, get some emory cloth and take all the rust off of the center part of the hub that sticks out. You know, the part where the inner most circle of the rotor touches the hub?

You could have done that to aid removal as well.

B0000rt
12-03-2006, 04:32 PM
Nice, good job.

I had a soldering torch + sledge hammer and 15mins between heating, whacking and cooling :D

http://www.cs.yorku.ca/~cs231104/10-05-06_1628.jpg

Caliper was bent or something causing the uneven wear you see on the Rotor

Orange Fusion
12-03-2006, 04:46 PM
I had a Hyundai Tiburon that I had to take the torch and hammer to get the front rotors off. Apparently the older Tiburons and Elantras were notorius for requiring a lot of extremes to get the rotors off.

I cleaned the hubs abit before putting the new rotors on, but didn't do a "thourough" job of it. Hopefully they won't need to come off again anytime soon...the originals had 50k miles on them.

ancona46
12-03-2006, 04:52 PM
Nice, good job.

I had a soldering torch + sledge hammer and 15mins between heating, whacking and cooling :D

http://www.cs.yorku.ca/~cs231104/10-05-06_1628.jpg

Caliper was bent or something causing the uneven wear you see on the Rotor


wow that is nasty lookin how many miles did that have on it?

tenspeed
12-03-2006, 06:49 PM
A little anti-seize on the tapered centerpart and they will come off easier next time.

This is a nasty lookin rotor.....
http://www.grandamgt.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=24161&stc=1&d=1165196868

ancona46
12-04-2006, 07:02 AM
wtf lol

1coop44
12-04-2006, 12:27 PM
A little anti-seize on the tapered centerpart and they will come off easier next time.

This is a nasty lookin rotor.....
http://www.grandamgt.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=24161&stc=1&d=1165196868

Oh nice Mod . That one of those new style Vented Rotors.

canadian_racer
12-04-2006, 12:39 PM
When I did co-op at a local shop I saw a jeep cheroke that looked just like that lol People like that shouldnt own cars, I couldnt amagine what it would stop like lol

cavingman
12-04-2006, 03:01 PM
When I did co-op at a local shop I saw a jeep cheroke that looked just like that lol People like that shouldnt own cars, I couldnt amagine what it would stop like lol


probobly something like "GRRRRAAAAAAA"

or maybe "SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"

B0000rt
12-04-2006, 06:05 PM
A little anti-seize on the tapered centerpart and they will come off easier next time.

This is a nasty lookin rotor.....
http://www.grandamgt.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=24161&stc=1&d=1165196868

For a second there I didn't know wtf that was.

Then I realized what vented rotors would look like without the friction faces lol!