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Removing the front brake rotor on a 1998 Mazda Protege

I went to put winter tires on the car and snapped off three studs.  Trying to get the brake rotor off to have a look at the wheel hub and get the studs replaced.
Any suggestions?  Do I have to remove the big center nut to get the rotor off?

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  • steve398 Dec 04, 2008

    Thanks,I tried prying it off last night, it seems to be really well adhered to the wheel assembly. If I do get it off, will this allow me to see what the next step is to replace the four studs?
    Steve

  • Anonymous Feb 27, 2009

    remove 33mm axle shaft nut counterclocwise. Disconnect bolts on back of knuckle. thru bolts to bearing assemly. any puller on your last 2 studs will remove hub assembly. Change entire unit. reverse order to install hub assembly. jimmy hub assembly will have all new studs

  • Anonymous May 01, 2009

    Had to cut a stud off to take off the winter tires. Can I just buy one stud?

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You do not have to remove the big center nut. You might have to tap on it with a hammer to get it off. If there is anything solid near it to pry against (don't pry against the dust shield) try that too. If none of this helps you can try heating it near the center. You should be able to get it off without heating it but it is possible that that is what you will have to do.

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    Steve Dec 04, 2008

    This will let you see how to replace the studs. If you want to replace them with the hub on the vehicle you will need a special tool to do it. It is available from the dealer.

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