Removing the Rotors

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Learn how to remove the rotors in order to change the brake pads on a car with expert automotive tips in this free online auto repair and car maintenance video clip.

Part of the Video Series: How to Replace Rear Brake Pads
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MARK BLOCKER: In this segment, we're going to cover removing the rotors. To get the rotor off, all you have to do is remove two Phillips screws and it just floats off freely. This dust cap here will stay attached to the rotor. You can just pop it out now or once the rotor is off, you can knock it off from the inside. And that seals a cavity there where the main nut is held that holds the spindle assembly onto the back flange, the hub assembly. A good easy way to keep these rotors from turning while you're trying to tighten or remove those two Phillips screws, if you take a 14mm socket, put it about on 6 inch extension, you'll look through those holes and rotate the rotor around, you get to a point where you can see the hub mounting bolt and I'm just going to put that socket over the bolt. If you hold it in one hand that provides you a good stable base and that prevents the rotor from turning. And now, you can break those two Phillips screws free and then you can remove the rotor. Do the exact same to the opposite side and then you take both rotors down to have them [INDISCERNIBLE] and machined or replaced as necessary. Okay, once you get your rotors back from the machine shop, you'll see where they've machined them and then they're cutting it out with a lathe where they're just going down to spinning the disc and cutting out uneven surface all the way down. And after they've removed the material, they go back with another friction device that turns it into opposite direction and it's applied to it. And it puts a sanding surface underneath to give it a non-directional finish. So when you get them back from the machine shop, they're perfectly machined and they're perfectly clean. And you want to make sure that you keep those rotors in that state and you want to avoid contacting with your greasy hands or getting grease on them or the oil or cleaning products. And you can get some fingerprints and light oil off of them with a brake clean solution but you want to avoid getting any on them. As I explained earlier, the metal is very porous. And things soaked into the pores and that contaminates it and it just causes a glazing effect to start. So when you get the rotors back make sure that you handle them carefully and keep them clean at all the time. Please watch our segment on, we'll cover the cleaning of the brake parts.

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