Front Brake rotors

Tiny
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  • 2011 TOYOTA COROLLA
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD
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  • 158,000 MILES
I need to replace my front brake rotors, but they wont come off for some reason. It seems like it is welded to the axle or there is something else holding it on. I have put lubricant on it and hit it a couple times but still will not come off.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:04 PM

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Tiny
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Is there one screw in-between two of the lug nut stud holes?

Maybe there is some rust camouflaging the screw?

Keep us posted

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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:13 PM
Tiny
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No, I already checked that but no screws there.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:14 PM
Tiny
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Stupid question

But I must ask it.

You did remove the calipers?

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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:17 PM
Tiny
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Also, does the nut in the middle of the spindle hold the rotor on?
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:17 PM
Tiny
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Yes calipers off.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:18 PM
Tiny
AL514
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Hit the rotor real hard with a big hammer, I have had to really put some power into hitting these things to get them off, considering you have some mileage on this car, rust will really hold them on. Just do not hit anything else or yourself. And yes double check for that screw. The Honda's always seem to have those screws. There also may be holes between the lug studs where you can put a bolt in and it will pop the rotor off. Spray the rotor with some PB blaster or liquid wrench first to eat some of the rust away. Hope this helps.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:26 PM
Tiny
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Alright, I changed the brake pads and everything is good for now. The rotors are not that bad for right now so I am just going leave them go. I just do not want to beat it too hard to where it breaks something. Thanks for the help.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:33 PM
Tiny
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Oh trust me, I have had to really smash them to get them off, but if you have not done it before or seen it done, then I guess go with your new pads. You wont break anything as long as you only hit the rotor.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:36 PM
Tiny
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I usually do not mess with these kind of vehicles.

I have seen these holes in the rotor before, thought they were for screws

I found this information for you in "Prodemand"

I do not know how to "line up" these marks, but I feel sure this will ease your pain when we do figger it out.

I will message another guy on here should AL514 not know.

See the Prodemand info below.

Keep us posted

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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:36 PM
Tiny
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Picture got lost.

Trying again.

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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:37 PM
Tiny
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When I do get to it, if I put two screws in the holes and tighten them. Will the rotor come off more easily or will it tighten it down more? There is nothing to screw into behind the rotor, the rotor is the only thing containing threads.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:44 PM
Tiny
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Nothing to line up, just put the screws in the rotor and tighten them in evenly. Side to side, but spraying them with something to break the rust up will help greatly. Let it soak then try the screw holes or smash it with a huge hammer hard, like you hate the rotor. It will come off.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:44 PM
Tiny
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Not Good!

Picture shows the hole in the rotor at 12 o'clock (may not matter/ may be at another position) and the text says

"put match marks on disc and the axle hub, remove disc"

I will try picture again.

It does load and will upsize when clicked on-before I submit it!

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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:44 PM
Tiny
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Also if the screws do not pop the rotor off, do not force them. They will only strip out and then you will have to smash it off. I would put a link on here, but I do not think we are suppose to.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:46 PM
Tiny
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Alright, so basically just smash it until it comes off right?
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:48 PM
Tiny
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This is weird!

My pictures/ diagrams posted on a post I answered while ago!

Here is the link.

https://www.2carpros.com/questions/wont-start-9029979

You will see the diagrams at the bottom.

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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:50 PM
Tiny
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I have done many of these. Never have I seen any marks to line up. There will be two screw holes. One across from the other in between the lug studs. If you put a 12 mm bolt in here and tighten evenly it will come off. Or yes spray it down and smash it.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:52 PM
Tiny
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The point of the two holes is to put pressure on the hub behind the rotor, and this forces the rotor off.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 8:55 PM
Tiny
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Alright, that is good to know now. Thank you.
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Saturday, September 17th, 2016 AT 9:04 PM
Tiny
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Good to hear, please use 2CarPros anytime we are here to help.

Best, Ken
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Monday, September 19th, 2016 AT 9:45 PM

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