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Icon13 argh, stuck rotor rant 2007 xlt 4x4

i dropped by the dealer, picked up pads, assumed once i "popped off" the rotors that "simply sit on the hub" i would either replace or machine them. not so fast! doing brakes on these trucks is super easy if the s*** wasnt all rusted together!!

ive never had this happen... on my old explorer (200k), 20 year old porsche, and my passat with double the mileage.

I just gave up, they were pretty smooth on both faces. so i just put the caliper plates back on, and stuck the new pads in there ha! everything feels great. just a gnawing feeling for not doing the complete job.
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just beat the rotor off with a hammer...all you do is put a lug nut on one of the studs and go to town on the rotor with a dead blow hammer...they come right off
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i was using a deadblow it wasnt budging. i admit i didnt soak it in PB or anything... eh, maybe next time it'll come off in another 30-40,000 miles lol
for now they seem to be happy, no vibrations or pulsating, but its pretty early to tell. ive never done a brake job without at least machining the rotors... :-/
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which side of the rotor were you hitting on and were you hitting it in different spots?
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its too late now is all back together :)
but i was hammering away on the 3 and 9 ock positions from the back.
i also used PB (without proper soak time) around the hub. i hit it a few times on the face of the hub too to see if that would help get things moving...

i thought about wedging a wrench between the frame, and the back of the rotor, then starting the truck and turning the wheel but nothing about that bright idea seemed very bright so i just said the hell with it and fitted the new pads and clips in :)
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the trick is rotate the rotor and hit it at the same time and dont be afraid to smack it
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How many miles? I pulled mine at 70k and again at 120 and 140k and they still look thicker than the replacement ones I bought to put on...
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it has 70,500 miles, crazy?!

and i was rotating it constantly while hammering away.
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once I had removed the silver locking ring one side took about a dozen or so hits the other one took 2 and almost fell on my foot...
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Brake rotors? Easy. Beat the **** out of them with an 8 lb sledge hammer. Brake drums? Easy. Beat the living dayshits out of it with an 8 lb sledge hammer.

Got rusty rotor/drums problems? Get a bigger ----ing hammer and beat the **** out of it. Problem solved.
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151k on stock rotors, machined them twice and they are still thick and with in the specs
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if the 4x4's have silver locking rings on them, i did not see them! to my knowledge (and the ford tech manuals) they just sit on the hub.

Once i committed to using a bigger sledge i was going to commit on getting them off, even if that meant cutting them off, i just didnt want to go there. I stopped after my 5lb mallet. so far they feel butter smooth but i figure if theres going to be any vibrations or pulsating i wont know till the pads are fully broken in.

i prob knocked off 3 pounds of rust flakes :)
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