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How To Replace Brake Rotors

If you want to replace your brake rotors, you’re in the right place. Once you have the right tools and parts, it’s a straightforward process. Here’s what you need:

  • Pry device like a flathead screwdriver or small pry bar
  • Ratchet set including sockets in either metric or imperial sizes
  • Breaker bar
  • Torque wrench
  • Brake compression tool used to remove caliper retention elements
  • Brake cleaning solution
  • Brake grease
  • Jack and jack stand
  • If necessary, a fluid capture vessel for use in bleeding the brakes and removing the calipers
  • Necessary pads and rotors. If you’re going to do the rotors, you may as well do the pads at the same time

Once you have all these pieces in hand, here’s the process:

1. Unbolt the top of the caliper clamshell. The bolt heads are usually on the backside of the caliper

2. Remove the caliper from the top of the rotor caliper. Once the top bolts are loose, this second step usually necessitates some kind of pry tool

3. Open the top of the caliper and slide the brake pads out of the brake assembly

4. Unbolt the first bolt in the caliper/knuckle combination by removing the top bolt using a breaker bar

5. Once the second bolt is removed, be careful to hold on to the caliper. Set the caliper aside.

6. With the wheel nuts already off the brake assembly, the rotor should be free to remove from the axle hub

7. Replace the original rotor with a new unit; then reverse the entire process until all components are secure

With this DIY approach, you can save lots of money on maintenance. And always, if you need to purchase new brake rotors, or any other brake systems requirement, buy those products from a reputable parts supplier like

How To Replace Brake Rotors
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How To Replace Brake Rotors
How do you replace brake rotors? If you have the right tools, this is a pretty straightforward process.
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