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The rotors on the mercury topaz 1993 will not come off. They are either really rusty on there, or there is another problem, any tips, hints, or tricks?

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If you have 4 wheel disc brakes the rear rotors may have a drum inside which houses the emergency brakes. Those type need to have the Star wheels loosened to clear the E-brakes.

Go to Autozone or Oreillys and ask to see new parts. You can look at the lips of the new parts and see the contact areas. While you are there ask if they have pullers for loan. Get a rust penetrating solvent to spray on the center ring of the Rotor and the lug holes/studs.

I live in the Rustbelt, here is what I had to do. Look behind the Rotor. Rust builds up where the rear axles are covered by the Rotor. A Dremmel tool with a grinding tip can be inserted behind the rotor and the seam ground down. Rotate the wheel inch by inch until you clean it full circle. Then use penetrating oil. Or use a chiesel behind the Rotor and do the same thing.

Make a tool by using nuts, bolts and big washers with closed end wrenches. There is an area between the caliper mounting holes and rotor that can be exploited. A wedge tool can be fit in this space so when you turn the nut on the bolt, the nut will drive a closed end wrench or socket against the rotor. Just stick the bolt into the socket and the head of the bolt against the caliper mount. Run the nut and washer into the socket and let the socket press into the Rotor. Hit the Rotor with something heavy.

You may damage the Rotor, at this point you just want the Rotor off. Loosen the tool, rotate the Rotor, and repeat. Once you get the rust to crack loose you are in good shape. New Rotors cost maybe $10 more a hub than machining an old rotor anyway.

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