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I would like to change my front break rotors but cannot get them off. I unscrew the small phillips FHMS and no matter what I do they will not come away from the wheel hub. Got a suggestion? Thanks. JB

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If you have both assembly screws out and it won't come off you simply need a bigger hammer.

Take two lugnuts and put them on with your fingers for about 3-4 thread. This will keep the rotor from flying off when you knock it free. I use a 3lb flat peen hammer on brakes and sometimes have to swing hard depending on how seized they are so don't be shy with that hammer in the next steps. Take the hammer and hit the rotor in the flange portion between two of the wheel studs. Do not hit the studs and do not hit the surface of the rotor that the pads contact. If it doesn't pop free, hit between two other studs and hit harder. It will come free.
When you pu tthe rotor back on do not pu tthe screws back on. They are there for assembly purposes to keep the rotors in place. If you still feel you must pu tthem back, coat the threads with anti seize and do not tighten them more that "snug" When these screws seize, they are easy to strip out and it just makes the next brake service more difficult.

Posted on Oct 06, 2010

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