Cant for the life of me get my rear rotors off. Anyone have any tips? Already tried inserting bolts into the little holes to pop it loose to no avail. Need to get this done today so any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
While you're back there...and since you are having difficulty you need to check it anyway...check the parking/e-brake bell crank. Typically it doesn't seem to take much water and/or salt water to get these to completely corrode so they don't move...
Make sure the e-brake is not engaged, line up the little hole in the rotor (rubber plug, IIRC) with the star wheel at the 6 o'clock position, back off the ebrake shoes all the way with the star wheel adjuster, use a big F'n hammer to hit the rotor as you pull it outward. The ebrake shoes can wear a ridge into the inside drum area.
Depending upon where you are, make sure you have the spare parts to rebuild it all on hand. Bellcranks seize, springs rust, special aluminum c-clips are one time use (especially in the Northeast).
I got to rebuild all of mine when I got my 100 - first project - yay!
I'm having trouble removing the front rotors on my '99 LX 470. I've soak the the cone washers in penetrating oil, reinstalled the nuts...then wack them hard with a hammer and brass bar, but the cone washers nor flange will move. Thanks for the help.
Don't put the nuts on so tight that the cone washers can't move. All the nut is doing is keeping the cone washer from shooting across the garage. One of two turns is plenty. You don't even need to do that if you hold your hand or sit in front of the flange. Then smack the horizontal part of the flange with a hammer working your way around.
Thanks Trunk. i loosened the star as far as it would go. Now when you say "work your way around with a BFH..." I should hit the front lip of where? ...and wacking it inboard? Are you referring to the part of the rotor close to the lugs? (obviously not the lugs) Is it advisable to hit the part of the rotor with a wood drift and a BFH where the caliper would sit (in an outboard direction)? (I'm replacing the rotor and don't believe the existing rotor has enough to be resurfaced)
Hit the red x. Obviously you'd have removed the pad and caliper holder shown in this pic. Work your way around, hitting the same spot. I've never used a drift, you can smack on that surface pretty hard and it won't mark.