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removing brake rotors

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by chris015, May 21, 2012.

  1. May 21, 2012 at 7:43 PM
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    chris015

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    My grandfather has a 96 or 97 tacoma. 2wd,4 cylinder. His front brakes are shot. rotors warped. Ive always worked on jeeps and gm's and i was told on some toyotas you had to pull the hub to get the rotor off? Im hoping i can just pop the caliper off and the rotor will slide off.
     
  2. May 21, 2012 at 8:28 PM
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    I thought you just had to move the caliper out of the way and pop off the rotor. That's how it works on my truck, anyway.
     
  3. May 21, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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    thats what im thinking,but after browsing random sites online ive read 2 different things. Im just hoping someone has a truck around that year that can confirm something..
     
  4. May 21, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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    Pull tire and caliper rotor may be stuck use bolt in the 2 holes and it will fall into your hand...
     
  5. May 21, 2012 at 8:37 PM
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    Its only one of 2 ways it can go & you gotta pull off calipers any way soooo. ya know, no big deal right:D
     
  7. May 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM
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    thanks guys. I'm just not into messing with wheel bearings etc. I cant ever get the preload set right etc. If its like my s10 and the rotors fall off after removing the caliper,im happy.
     
  8. May 22, 2012 at 6:50 AM
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    After removing the calipers.... the rotors should pop right off.... They're probably just seized / rusted.

    If You're replacing the rotors - feel free to get the biggest hammer you can find and vent out some frustration.... (laugh)

    When you put the new rotors on..... make sure to put some anti-seize on the mating surfaces to prevent them from seizing in the future.

    Good Luck!
     
  9. May 22, 2012 at 8:21 AM
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    My truck is identical (underneath at least, assuming it's a 5 lug). I'm pretty sure if you remove the caliper they *should* slide right off. I ended up having to whack it with a BFH until it broke free of rust. This was during the install of my spindles though... and I may have already had the hub off. I can't remember.
     
  10. May 22, 2012 at 4:38 PM
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    whats better, resurface or buy new rotors?
     
  12. May 23, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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    thanks guys. My issue isnt the fact i cant get the rotor off,im just trying to figure out the design since i havent even looked at them yet.





    depends. if they are getting thin,or warped just buy some new ones..The one for my grandfathers truck are 25 each. they shops locally want 10-15 each to turn them. so spend $50 for a new set,or 30 to turn your old ones...Up to you.
     
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