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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

Yup, bolt/nut... Used that trick to get the rotors off my '07.

Interesting that video involves a ford; it was a ford mechanic that told me about this trick..

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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

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Counter intuitively, one solid full face whack with a decent sized sledge is less damaging to the rotor than many progressively harder whacks that culminate in the same hit you should have done in the first place.

Seeing the bolt method in this thread looks like a better place to start though.
Yeah, I've tried hitting the face before too. I did that at the recommendation of my neighbor, who works at a tire/service center. It does seem to bust a lot of debris loose, and is much easier to get a good swing. You'll have more luck that way but still may require more effort than the bolt method for some of the more stubborn fits. I do give it a rap or two first with a 3 lbs sledge to see if that will knock it loose. If that's sufficient to do the job, it is faster/easier than using the bolts so it's the go to method. If they're still stuck after a hit or two, I break out the bolts.

Just be careful, if you do hit the face, that you don't smash a lug nut with your hammer.
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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

I bought some 3/8 5.5" bolts, washers and nuts. I'm shooting to have at least the fronts on Monday, then tackle the rears on Tuesday unless I still have some time left over after the fronts. I have to do jobs in one shot bc I wrench in my townhouse parking lot which is frowned upon by the HOA . Jack, jack stands, tools, wheels off, jacked up, etc... Draws too much attention especially hammer whacks. The bolt method has to work for me. I'm hopeful the bolt method will work after watching several YouTube videos also.
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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

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Counter intuitively, one solid full face whack with a decent sized sledge is less damaging to the rotor than many progressively harder whacks that culminate in the same hit you should have done in the first place.
I'm having a hard time seeing why damaging them would matter if they're being replaced? Mine go to the metal recycler after they're removed.
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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

I worry more about the wheel bearing than the rotor with the progressive-whack method.. but then again I'm an electrical engineer
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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

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...... I'm hopeful the bolt method will work after watching several YouTube videos also.
Thanks for all the replies.
It will, and you should have a ton of time to do both front and back. It's crazy how much faster this works. I learned this trick after struggling with a set of rotors years ago. The only advice I was given was "use a bigger hammer" until someone finally told me this trick. It worked great and has been in the arsenal since then. FWIW, doing this method you can do all 4 rotors in under an hour (plus time to retrieve and put away tools). Seriously, 15 minutes per tire is about all it takes once you figure it out. You'll be fine.
FWIW, if you live near a Walmart, you can do service to your Jeep in their parking lot. They won't complain as long as you're out of the way and you're not damaging the lot (they hope you come inside for supplies). That way you don't have to worry about making waves at your condo/apartment.

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I'm having a hard time seeing why damaging them would matter if they're being replaced? Mine go to the metal recycler after they're removed.
In some service situations you may not be replacing the rotors, though you'd need to take them off. Replacing a bearing or something, for example. If you're scrapping them, it's not a big deal as you mentioned, but you may not always be scrapping them.
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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

I'm anxious to start, but my plans changed for this week. My Wife had to make an emergency trip out of town and I'm with the kiddos. I don't think taking them out to burnish brakes in the SRT is a good idea.
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Ha ha. "Okay kids, grab a wrench. It's time to learn something new."
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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

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I'm having a hard time seeing why damaging them would matter if they're being replaced? Mine go to the metal recycler after they're removed.

I don't replace a wheel stud often but when I do I remove and replace the very same rotor.


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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

108* on the index today, but I her done. Bolt method and a hammer whack to loosen the rust. Took less than 2hrs to do all four in my parking lot. Thanks for all the replies.
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I had so much time left over, I got the BWoody in also.
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Glad to help, and glad to hear you got it taken care of.

Looks sharp too.
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