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1999 Trans Am Rear Rotor Problem

I'm doing a all around brake and rotor replacement on my 1999 Trans Am. I get the first tire off (drivers rear) and got the calipur and calipur mounting bracket off. The rotor is old worn and very rusty. I cannot get it to budge to come off from this point. Ive tried prying it with a screwdriver in the rotors slotted edge but it broke the screwdriver. Do I have to remove a center screw of hit it with a hammer or something? Thanks in advance! Please email me at smgbad@yahoo.com if you have an answer seeing as I'm not yet a member here.

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Hello SMGBAD,

I suspect your Trans Am has worn in emergency brake shoes that are holding your rotor on..

Removal & Installation


Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.

Ensure that the park brake control lever is in the fully released position.

Raise and support the vehicle.

Ensure that both of the park brake actuator levers are in the fully released position. If both of the park brake cable actuator levers are not in the fully released position, adjust the park brake.

Remove the tire and wheel.

Remove the rear brake caliper bracket with the rear brake caliper.

Remove the rear brake rotor.

Loosen the park brake actuator adjuster nut until there is no tension against the park brake shoe.

Remove the park brake shoe from the backing plate and the park brake shoe retaining clip.

Install the park brake actuator retainer to the park brake actuator.



To install:

Remove the park brake actuator retainer from the park brake actuator.
NOTE
Ensure that the park brake shoe engages the actuator and the park brake shoe retaining clip.


Install the park brake shoe to the park brake support plate.

Adjust the park brake.

Install the rear brake rotor.

Install the rear brake caliper bracket with the rear brake caliper.

Install the tire and wheel.

Lower the vehicle.

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Look around at posts if you can see any flat head small bolt if not it is rust the only hammer can do this job I saw using a torch too.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017

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SOURCE: Rear rotor problem

Leave the center bolt in - that secures the drive axle in the hub. Use a hammer and whack the rotor hat (the raised center section where the lug studs come through) along the edge of it, where it protrudes from the surface where the pads contact it, out toward the section where the lug studs are. Hit it around the circumference every inch or so, and see if that helps.

Some cars also have a screw holding the rotor to the hub. If your hat surface is rusty, clean it up with brake cleaner and a wire brush - it may be that you have a screw or two in there that secure it to the hub, and they're just covered with rust/corrosion/dust. If you have no screws though, usually hitting it with a hammer will break it free.

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