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How-to » Brakes » Disc Brakes » How to Replace a Brake Disc (Rotor)
 Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

How to Replace a Brake Disc (Rotor)

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  • Brake Disc
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Safety Tip:
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

1
Park your vehicle on a solid level surface. Set the parking brake and chock the rear wheels.
2
Remove the front wheel hub caps if applicable. Using a tire iron, break loose the front wheel lug nuts but do not remove.
3
Using a floor jack, lift up the front of your vehicle.
4
Secure the vehicle with jack stands on both sides for safety before starting any work. The pinch welds or the frame rails are the two best locations. Do not rely on the jack to hold the vehicle up while working.
5
Remove the front wheel lug nuts. Remove the front wheels and set them aside.
6
Locate the brake caliper. Remove the brake caliper mounting bolts or pins.
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7
Swivel the caliper up and away from the brake disc. Secure the caliper to the coil spring with a bungee cord. Do not allow the caliper to hang from the brake hose. Do not disconnect the brake hose.
8
Follow the steps below to remove a brake disc and hub assembly:
• Remove the dust cap by using channellock pliers to work it back and forth
• Remove the cotter pin and then the retaining ring/lock
• Remove the wheel bearing adjusting nut and washer
• Slide the disc assembly off the spindle
• Remove the outer wheel bearing
• Remove the inner wheel bearing and grease seal
9
Coat the inside of the new disc hub with grease. Clean the disc surface with brake clean. Pack the inner wheel bearing with grease and install it into the inner side of the brake disc hub. Install a new grease seal.
10
Slide your new brake disc assembly onto the spindle. Repack the outer wheel bearing with grease and install it into the disc hub.
11
Install the retaining washer and nut.
12
To adjust the wheel bearing free play, spin the hub and tighten the nut to the manufacturer's specifications.
13
Install the nut retainer.
14
Install a new cotter pin.
15
Install the wheel bearing dust cap.
16
Slide the brake caliper over the new brake disc. Reinstall the caliper mounting bolts.
17
Tighten the caliper bolts or pins. Reinstall any rubber boots if applicable.
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18
Repeat steps 5 through 17 for the other side.
19
Install the front wheels. Snug down the wheel lug nuts.
20
Remove jack stands and lower the vehicle to the ground. Torque the wheel lug nuts to the manufacturer's specifications in a star pattern.
21
Verify that you have a solid brake pedal. Road test the vehicle to verify the repair
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