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I want to change the brake pad and the rotor of my 1989 mazda 323 but i have a difficult time puliing out the rotor, is there a special tools to use to take out the rotor or how to take it out .

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Most of these models are a floating rotor that will just require a few hits with a soft face hammer or rubber mallet to loosen.If it is the fixed one.It is secured by 4 bolts usually at the rear of hub.You will need to remove the hub from the stub axle to access the rotor.Often you will need to split the hub in two around the bearing.Let me know if it is the latter type and I may be able to walk you through it here.I hope this helps you toward solution,or don't hesitate to respond with some more information.

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