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Can't get the rear rotors off.

Is there a drum inside the rotor of a disc brake?

Any advice how to get the rear rotors off?


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Some do have the parking brake inside the rotor drum , make sure the parking brake is fully released, the grab the cable in back of the brake rotor and move it back and forth, then use a 4 lb sledge hammer to hit the face of the drum in a criss cross pattern being careful to not hit it too hard or hit the wheel studs damaging the lug nut studs threads, after this rotate the rotor at the same time as you pull it towards you

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