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2002 Ford Escort front brake rotors - removal

After experiencing vibration while braking, I am trying to remove the front brake rotors from a 2002 Ford Escort sedan in order to replace them. After removing the calipers, I can't get the rotors off !
I have tried hitting them with a 3 lbs. sledge hammer and sprayed on 2 cans of rust remover (which I let soak in overnight).
They still won't move. It appears that the rotors are fused or rusted to the plate containing the lug bolts.
Is there any way to break them loose ?

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  • ataylor938 Jun 23, 2008

    I checked the new rotors and the center hole is big enough to pass over the large hub nut and the lug bolts pass thru holes in the rotors. There should be nothing holding them on, but they won't budge.

  • zombiedraken Dec 24, 2012

    I just changed out the rotors on my ZX2 and I had the SAME PROBLEM!!! I had to beat the holly out of them with a hammer and somehow I got them to wiggle. I had to hand wiggle them for about half an hour apiece to get them off!!! When I change the rotors, I did not have a wire brush available to clean off the rust (I did this in the parking lot at my apartment complex with two concrete blocks and my spare tire jack) Itsmore than likely rusted between the rotor and hub where the spindle nut is located.

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The first thing i will recomend you, is ti buy the new rotors first,
sisnce you did not mention if you allready have the new ones
and see if they are slide out type rotorss or one piece rotor assy
with the lugn nuts, sometimes they just slide out but sometimes you need to remove the center big nut in order to remove them.

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