Get Smooth Stopping Power by Installing New Brake Rotors
The brake rotors and brake pads rub together so that your vehicle can slow down or stop safely. When the rotors lose their thickness or have been damaged through constant use and misuse, braking will be more difficult because the brake pads won't be able to rub with the surface of the rotors properly. If you're already experiencing a problem with your car's braking performance, then this guide can help you replace the brake rotors on your vehicle.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Preparing the wheel area of the vehicle
Determine on which side of the car is the brake rotor that needs to be replaced. Lift that part using the floor jack and the jack stand. When all of these are done, remove the wheel and the caliper until you are able to see the entire brake rotor. Take the brake rotor off by pulling it towards you. If it doesn't come off easily, you may use the mallet to tap the edges of the brake rotor. A rust-remover spray can also lessen the tightness of the brake rotor. Just make sure that when you use the mallet, do not hit the other parts which may cause a chip or dent.
Attaching the new brake rotor
Get the new brake rotor and slip it to the axle plate. Make sure that the rotor is seated all the way back, the same as its previous position, to ensure that it won't move around or wobble. You may place the brake caliper in its previous location, and bolt it tightly afterwards.
Cleaning the surface from other impurities
Make sure that the brake rotor's surface is free from oil or debris by using any type of a recommended brake cleaner on the surface of the rotor. If the fluid doesn't dry quickly, wipe the surface with a clean rag immediately. Turn the rotor around as you clean it, so you won't miss other areas.
Refilling the master cylinder
Check the amount of brake fluid in the master cylinder, and refill it with the necessary amount of brake fluid. When you're done, seal the master cylinder properly with its cap.