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Old 08-04-2016, 11:06 PM
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Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

I tried to install my front Brembo sport rotors and my stock ones are stuck on good. I removed the rubber O ring and pounded the hell out of the rotor with a huge rubber mallet. No budge even after gobs of WD40. I've seen no tutorials or threads with pics.
I've changed rotors on my WK2 and it was removing the O ring and they pulled right off. Is this the same on the SRT?
I'm surprised how tough the oem rotors are. I put everything back together and the rotor doesn't feel any different. I'm gonna try again bc I just can't see myself paying for this to be done. I'll be more aggressive with a metal sledgehammer if it's supposed to just slide off and it's rust holding it down only.
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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

I know some rotors have bolt holes to aid with removal do you know if these do?
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Old 08-05-2016, 12:42 AM
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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

I don't think so, but I was thinking of using a bolt, nut and washer through the caliper bolt hole to push on the rotor. I just didn't have any long enough bolts to try.
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:32 AM
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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

The bolt/nut method is something a lot of people have used - I went the sledge route. I changed mine at 22K miles or so. One easy smack with a sledge is all the rotors needed (do it on the braking surface for more force - you're trashing the rotors anyway so damaging them doesn't matter).
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The bolt/nut method is something a lot of people have used - I went the sledge route. I changed mine at 22K miles or so. One easy smack with a sledge is all the rotors needed (do it on the braking surface for more force - you're trashing the rotors anyway so damaging them doesn't matter).
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I beat the heck out of the rotors if they don't want to come off. They'll eventually fall off with a few good wacks from a sledge.
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:59 AM
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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

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I don't think so, but I was thinking of using a bolt, nut and washer through the caliper bolt hole to push on the rotor. I just didn't have any long enough bolts to try.
This is what I was going to recommend. I've had to do it on my Rams. Works great, and very little effort required. No sense breaking a sweat on beating on them with a hammer, when you can just a few quick turns of a wrench.

Here's a video for anyone not familiar with the process. It's a little corny, but shows the process well.

https://youtu.be/mtsTJCRljAs
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Need a bigger hammer
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This is what I was going to recommend. I've had to do it on my Rams. Works great, and very little effort required. No sense breaking a sweat on beating on them with a hammer, when you can just a few quick turns of a wrench.

If you break a sweat from 3 hammer swings you need to see a doctor ASAP.
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Re: Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

Ha ha. Well I was thinking more like, repeatedly beating on the rotor, with bigger and bigger hammers until it comes off. I've had some pretty stubborn rotors that have taken quite a bit of effort to remove. I'm talking multiple doses of anti-seize/WD-40, beating on them with a hammer, etc. I'm assuming the OP has encountered such a situation, or they would have been able to make the swap, rather than posting the thread.
After learning the bolt method, I've used very little effort removing rotors since then. Besides, cranking a wrench is a whole lot quieter than hitting a steel disk with a steel hammer. I don't need that ringing messing with my ears. If you're going to use the hammer method, don't forget the ear muffs.
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If you break a sweat from 3 hammer swings you need to see a doctor ASAP.
Lol!
I think the rotors saving grace was I had a rubber mallet and a nail hammer only. Going to Home depot for a BFH or sledgehammer today. The rear rotors just arrived today and I'm shooting to have all four on by Sunday.
Thanks for the replies, I just wanted to make sure they slid off before destructing them and there were no other bolts or clips. I learned about the O ring on my WK2 warped rotor swap a few years ago.
I have 26k on this one, I don't believe the recall has been done on the rotors bc they are well worn with a deep lip. Lol, I should have the dealership replace them before I swap them off.
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Ha ha. Well I was thinking more like, repeatedly beating on the rotor, with bigger and bigger hammers until it comes off. I've had some pretty stubborn rotors that have taken quite a bit of effort to remove. I'm talking multiple doses of anti-seize/WD-40, beating on them with a hammer, etc. I'm assuming the OP has encountered such a situation, or they would have been able to make the swap, rather than posting the thread.
After learning the bolt method, I've used very little effort removing rotors since then. Besides, cranking a wrench is a whole lot quieter than hitting a steel disk with a steel hammer. I don't need that ringing messing with my ears. If you're going to use the hammer method, don't forget the ear muffs.
Exact situation, except I didn't have an arsenal of hammers. I live in a townhouse, no garage and parking lot mods in a quiet suburb. They just love me here! Oh wait......there's also that HOA rule about not doing mechanical repairs in the lot.....My excuse is always, I'm enhancing/modding/customizing and not repairing.
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Brake rotors won't budge...Advice from anyone that's swapped them before

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.
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