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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-10-11, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Frront brake rotor removal

Help!!. I can't get the front rotor off. The wife ran the pads to bare metal, so the rotor is shot. I have tried liquid wrench on all the joints and hammered as much as I dare but the thing will not move. It seems to almost be welded on. Is there any special tool, like a puller, that can be used to get the darn thing off? Or do ya just hafta brute force the thing off??

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Re: Frront brake rotor removal

either go get a torch and heat the shit out of it and hammer it off or go to a shop and have them do it.
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You know, these can be a pain sometimes... Funny story, I had the same issue when I was working on a guy's Yukon one time, and we beat the crap out of this rotor, not caring if we broke it, thats how hard, with a 25 lb sledge hammer. Didnt come off or break. We had the tie rod and ball joint out, so it was facing downward. Just when we gave up, we turned around to smoke a cigarette and it literally fell off. We all looked at each other <<< like this.

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I tried my little map torch which was a waste of time (and gas). So I finally solved the problem with my trusty Ridgid grinder. See attached photo. The rotor was corroded onto the hub. Even one cut wasn't enough, but two cuts and it finally broke free. Thanks, everyone, for the suggestions.

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Here is the photo of how ya really remove a rotor
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Wow... She really rode those babies down. I dont mean to demean you, but in this case it is important, MAKE SURE YOU REPACK THE GREASE IN THOSE CALIPERS!!! It needs it now I can gaurantee it. With the uneven closure on the rotors, with the increased friction, and vibration, the grease needs some refreshing. You will replace a caliper due to a locked piston or guide pin in a few months or less if you dont.

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oxy-acetalyne torches work for me
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Dam, that's the first time I've seen it get so bad it needed to be cut off. Dam, nice work though.

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Somehow the worn pad had torn the caliper boot, so I ordered a rebuilt caliper. Any "biased opinions" on the merits of phenolic versus steel? I know the factory used phenolic supposedly to keep the heat from the pads heating the fluid, but on our old E150 van the phenolic ones would wear at an angle, so I usually go with steel.
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