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Hey so I have been tearing apart a 99 2.5RS and I am trying to get the rotors off the axle and I am having trouble getting the nut off the end of the axle. They are drilled rotors and the nut has a notch in it almost like a lock. Can anyone tell me how to get these off? Sorry if this is a noob question, but I need the help
 

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You don't need to take that 32mm nut off to take the rotor off.

Just take the caliper off, and pull. If it's the rears, make sure the e-brake is off.

If you still have trouble getting them off, see if they have a threaded hole near the hub area (OEM rotors do, some aftermarket don't) and thread a 8mm 1.25 pitch bolt in the hole to push the rotor off.
 

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ok so i dont do anything with this nut? how do the wheels even stay on if you are sayin pull the wheels off then just pull the rotor? doesnt make any sense....
 

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The rotor is held on when you bolt your wheels to the spindle. The wheel studs are not connected to your rotor, they are connected to your spindle/axle. The rotor will slide off leaving the wheels studs in place.

As for removal, WD40 and/or a propane torch.

WD40 around the center hub bit where all that rust is.. Try banging on the HUB PART ONLY with a nice heavy hammer. It might break it loose. It's obvious I know, but don't smack the rotor surface with a metal hammer.

If that fails, heat the rotor hub with a propane torch to expand it a little. Again, smack it with a hammer.
 

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The nut is for the hub, no you don't need to touch that if you're just messing with wheels and brakes. I think you're thinking that it's all one piece; that's not the case.

The nut and the round "sleeve" it's within, are part of the hub. The rotor is the cross-drilled part, then the hat, which has the five holes for the lug bolts, and the one center hole to go around the hub/nut. You'll see when you pull off the rotor. If it's stuck, use the bolt suggestion from Carisma.

And rotors have been discussed a gazillion times, there's plenty of other threads for reference and photos. www.scoobymods.com is great too, it should be your bible.
 

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You don't need to take that 32mm nut off to take the rotor off.

Just take the caliper off, and pull. If it's the rears, make sure the e-brake is off.

If you still have trouble getting them off, see if they have a threaded hole near the hub area (OEM rotors do, some aftermarket don't) and thread a 8mm 1.25 pitch bolt in the hole to push the rotor off.

/\ Like he said but use bolts at the same time, the calipers can be stubborn. You must have salty roads, I live in Louisiana and mine has barely any surface rust.
 

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thats what I thought...but my dad tells me different. Hes used to old muscle cars, Im guessing are different. thanks for the help!
 

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Well yeah, old cars were a lot different. They're old cars. :)

The bolt trick is a good one. Buy a spare bolt like Carisma mentioned, and keep it in your glovebox or trunk. Very handy.
 

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The nut is for the hub, no you don't need to touch that if you're just messing with wheels and brakes. I think you're thinking that it's all one piece; that's not the case.

The nut and the round "sleeve" it's within, are part of the hub. The rotor is the cross-drilled part, then the hat, which has the five holes for the lug bolts, and the one center hole to go around the hub/nut. You'll see when you pull off the rotor. If it's stuck, use the bolt suggestion from Carisma.

And rotors have been discussed a gazillion times, there's plenty of other threads for reference and photos. www.scoobymods.com is great too, it should be your bible.
Well yeah, old cars were a lot different. They're old cars. :)

The bolt trick is a good one. Buy a spare bolt like Carisma mentioned, and keep it in your glovebox or trunk. Very handy.
Why do you keep mentioning Carisma?? He hasn't even posted in this thread. :p
 

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haha anyways thanks for the help...they were just really rusted on there. Thats why I thought i was doing something wrong. But I got them all off :)
 

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there is a hole on the back of rear hub assembley that has a gear wheel in it that you can use a flat screw driver to turn that gear and it releases the spring pressure on the rear inside ebrake drum. Hard to get a hold off but takes minutes rather than 45 min to pound of the rears.

pounding it off can cause damage to the inside of the mechanics
 
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