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Just figured i would ask in case im missing something simple. I removed the caliper, the bracket for the caliper, and the small screw with the T25 torx head that was on the rotor. Is there some other hidden bolt im unaware of here? I have it soaking some more, but it seems pretty rusted on the hub. I was wacking the backside with a hammer for a while. Rotate, wack, rotate, wack. Thing isnt budging. I will be hitting it with some heat next but wanted to check here first.
 

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There is nothing else indicated by the service manual, and it does not list any procedure for removal beyond removing the retaining screw.

I also do not remember any difficulty in removing mine when I had to replace a hub.

Be aware that heat may damage the hub bearing and/or the ABS sensor.

There is a note about marking the position of the rotor to the hub if you are going to reinstall the same rotor.
 

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^ Agree.

Never had this issue with my Sol, but it's garage kept and only 25K miles. My daugther's Ford Focus, however, was a real pain. Fortunately I had bought replacement rotors so I just kept whacking the old rotors all the way around with a mallet.
 

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I have slotted rotors and hawk pads going on so im not worried about damaging what on there. The rotors and pads looks pretty new, as in low miles. This car sat on a dealership lot for a year or so before i bought it so i think thats why. Ill be getting my butane bottle and torch back from my dad this weekend and give it another go. Thanks guys
 

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My father had a Grand Am and we had to use a sledge hammer....full blows....to get the rotors off. Both came off in pieces...LOL. We actually had 1 piece of the rotor left on both sides and we heated it...nothing. So we soaked the middle on the backside with Liquid Wrench for 2 full days. Went through a full can. One whack of the sledge and it finally popped off.
 

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My father had a Grand Am and we had to use a sledge hammer....full blows....to get the rotors off. Both came off in pieces...LOL. We actually had 1 piece of the rotor left on both sides and we heated it...nothing. So we soaked the middle on the backside with Liquid Wrench for 2 full days. Went through a full can. One whack of the sledge and it finally popped off.
Yee-hah!

Now THAT's a story worthy of Rock-Auto's newsletter :)
 

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There is nothing else indicated by the service manual, and it does not list any procedure for removal beyond removing the retaining screw.

I also do not remember any difficulty in removing mine when I had to replace a hub.

Be aware that heat may damage the hub bearing and/or the ABS sensor.

There is a note about marking the position of the rotor to the hub if you are going to reinstall the same rotor.
I have slotted rotors and hawk pads going on so im not worried about damaging what on there. The rotors and pads looks pretty new, as in low miles. This car sat on a dealership lot for a year or so before i bought it so i think thats why. Ill be getting my butane bottle and torch back from my dad this weekend and give it another go. Thanks guys
What John is talking about though is the wheel hub itself and you DON'T want to damage those...or the sensor that's in them. Not that they are hard to replace but now you'd need to spend more money and wait for them to arrive before enjoying your car again.
 

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I know the difference between the hub and rotor, no worries. Ill post back after the weekend, hopefully i can get it back together soon. Not like theres a big rush, its snowing again...
 

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I know the difference between the hub and rotor, no worries. Ill post back after the weekend, hopefully i can get it back together soon. Not like theres a big rush, its snowing again...
I figured but I know how you paintballers can be. LOL ;)
 

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I figured but I know how you paintballers can be. LOL ;)
Lol, one of the many hobbies. I thought i was pretty slick 20 years ago coming up with this screen name, i still think its funny.
 

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Lol, one of the many hobbies.
I have no idea what you speak of...


I thought i was pretty slick 20 years ago coming up with this screen name, i still think its funny.
Oh it is funny. I laugh every time I see it. That's pretty good for 20 years ago. Mine dates back to 1993 or so when Prodigy debuted online chat. LOL
 

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Just figured id update this. All finished, had to heat the rotors and hit them with a sledge and they popped right off.

And Robo, i only get out to 1 big game a year if im lucky, im usually doing this.
 

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Just figured id update this. All finished, had to heat the rotors and hit them with a sledge and they popped right off.

And Robo, i only get out to 1 big game a year if im lucky, im usually doing this.
Yea I am not that agile anymore and I was never able to tuck enough to get proper cover in airball. LOL Besides, I was old school...I like the woods. :D

No pictures of me playing because...well...if someone takes my picture out on the field I'm doing something VERY wrong. LOL
 

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For those that have to use a sledge hammer to get your rotors and wheels off, can I suggest putting anti-seize on the mating surfaces when you put everything back together?
Makes it WAY easier next time.
 

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Oh, sure, Bob. Pull the thread back on track why don't ya? Just after the Moderator has got it nicely drifting sideways... :driving:

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Oh, sure, Bob. Pull the thread back on track why don't ya? Just after the Moderator has got it nicely drifting sideways... :driving:

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Very similar to my autocross driving style actually...

...and I figured most would use a rubber mallet on the rotors.
 
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