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How do I get my rotors off?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Jonathan, Oct 23, 2001.

  1. Jonathan

    Jonathan 1/2 ton status

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    I got new rotors for my front brakes and I can't get the old ones off. I took the hubs out but the rest of the hub and the rotor is stuck on there. It seems like it should just slide off according to my manual. Am I forgetting something?

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    Just a dumb question but did you press the studs out? If you did then it's just rust holding you back.

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  3. SCOOBYDANNN

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    there are 3 "rings" you need to take out. you need the special tool to get them off, but there like $10 at autozone. It's called a hub socket tool for a 4x4 1/2 ton chevy--year dosn'y matter. You use the tool to take off the first ring, the next ring is the locking ring, get a hook otr curved allen wrrench and just pull it out, nothing special, the last ring, take off like the 1st one. Then the hub comes off. you'll notice that the last ring you took off has a little nipple, and the second ring has a lot of little holes and a tab on the inside. (it only goes on one way.) Needless to say one of the little holes on the second ring need to line up w/ the nipple on the last. When you put it back togather it dosnt need to be too tight. just very snug. if I'm confusing you let me know.

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  4. Jonathan

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    Is there any thing I can use instead of the special tool from auto zone. I'd really like to get this done tonight.

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    I've always done it w/ the tool, so I don't know if you can geta screwdriver in there.(the rings have notches in them) I personally don't think the SD will work--if your pressed for $ you can rent them at the parts store.

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    It is next to impossible to get those nuts off without the 4 prong socket. I use the socket and an 18 inch breaker bar to get them off and even then, sometimes I still have to lean on them pretty hard to start them spinning.

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    Even if you do get the nuts off with a screwdriver and a hammer to tap on them, you will never get the nuts back to the proper torque unless you get that special socket tool to do it right. [​IMG]



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  8. ArrowheadK5

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    hey, there's a REALLY easy way to get them off w/o tool:
    drive a few miles with the bearings installed improperly by the previous owner! They'll slide right out, a little gritty maybe, and only with some major damage to the spindle threads...[​IMG][​IMG]

    oh yeah-- the brake pads will also quit contacting the rotors, so you'll lose that goin' down teh highway, as well.
    Fun sh*t.

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    uhhh....have a bad experience there Arrowhead?!?!?

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    I'll never forget the sound that wheel made as the bearing's peices ground away the lock washer and half my Warn hub. Fortunately it's a stick,so I was able to slow downon the road.
    It's almost fixed now, and I'm in a better mood about it. Sorry if I was a littel harsh, all in fun...
    [​IMG]

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    i feel your pain man. I lost the bearings/hub/spindle on my 65 chevelle doing 65 due to a previous owner improperly gresing the bearings. It happened at 2 am. I limped it home and figured out what happened the next day. Needless to say there was a long hard search for the new spindle. hell, the thing was so fused in some spots i used the sawzall to remove the remainders of the hub.

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    Yeah I was just kidding....that had to have sucked...I've had bad stuff happen too and it doesn't feel good.

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  13. Jonathan

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    I think I'll buy the special tool tommorrow

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