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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!

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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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