1999 Chevy Tahoe Brakes and Brake Rotors

Tiny
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  • 1999 CHEVROLET TAHOE
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 16,200 MILES
I have a 1999 Chevy Tahoe 4WD V-8 and with todays economy I want to tackle replacing Rotors and Front brake pads myself. I'm fairly mechanically inclined but more with dirt bikes than Tahoes. Could some briefly explain the correct procedure for me? I have determined the rotors are past turning again. Also the rotors my parts jobber reccomended are $35.00 each, I expected to pay more but he said thats what all the local mechanics are buying. I had heard online to use OEM rotors but my guy says its a waste of money but to use quality brake pad. An I on the right track? Thanks for the time and space,

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Monday, April 6th, 2009 AT 8:04 PM

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Tiny
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Those rotors are good quality for your needs.

If you want you can get slotted or crossdrilled but if you dont do heavy towing all the time or lots of fast stops dont worry bout it. Reegular rotors are just fine and they will last longer and they can be machined down.

Are they hubbed rotors or not?

If not jsut take off caliper and caliper mount. Slide off old rotor. May need heat and peentrating oil around the hub to get it off.

If they hubbed you need to take apart the front wheel assembly and have new races and bearings put on. Best to leave that to a shop.
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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 AT 7:32 PM
Tiny
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Thank you Blackop 555 for your reply.
How do I tell if they are "hubbed" or not. I do not know off the top of my head but I assume if you have to remove the axel nut to remove the rotor they would be "hubbed", correct? I can look tomorrow? Thanks again. I really appreciate it.

Much thanks, Super Rat
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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 AT 11:05 PM
Tiny
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If you have to remove the nut then it is indeed hubbed.

Let me know what you get.

You can ask your friend at the autopart store and see.
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Wednesday, April 8th, 2009 AT 1:38 PM
Tiny
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With my newest information I seem to have no hubbed rotors. So it should be fairly easy. Thank you for your help.

Sincerely, SR
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Monday, April 13th, 2009 AT 7:31 PM
Tiny
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There will be no problem at all. You may need to soak the insides of the rotor by the hub and the lug nuts with penetrating oil for abit.

If that dont work use a hammer and heat it up hot with a torch to get them off.
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Monday, April 13th, 2009 AT 9:54 PM

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