Re: Rotors rusted to Hub
> The dealership doesn't have a 5 lb rubber mallet in their shop? Or torches
> to heat it up a bit? Are you sure your vehicle is at the local Ford
> dealership and not Speedy Muffler?
> I'm sure there would have been some way to get them off without smashing the
> front hubs of your car to hell. If they beat them off as hard as you're
> explaining, you better hope they don't rob you for a set of front wheel
> bearings, new flex lines and a set of calipers.
On most cars I would agree with you. On the Expy, and F-150 I won't. When I was in
the dealership, we had F-150s and Expeditions that had rotors siezed to the hubs to
the point that the rotors and hubs were replaced under warranty for other concerns,
like a failed ABS wheel sensor. It seems that after about 1 year or so, those rotors
grab a death grip on the hub that the Almighty himself couldn't release. They would
look fairly rust free, but you couldn't get them off short of a sledge hammer(which
would, of course, damage the hub and bearing as would heat). The clearances when new
were pretty tight. After just a little bit of exposure to rust belt conditions, those
rotors ain't coming off. You could spend 1 hour with a LITTLE heat and a SMALL hammer
and MAYBE get them off, but by then the rotor was damaged enough that it needed
replaced anyway. For brake jobs, we usually machined those rotors on the vehicle,
which is the preferred method anyway. Aftermarket rotors for those trucks are about
$50 each. Replace 'em.