2004 Honda Civic seized rotor screw.

Tiny
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  • 2004 HONDA CIVIC
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
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  • 81,000 MILES
Hi there, So I am having a problem with my brakes. I needed new pads and bought some aftermarket drilled rotors to put on. I did the passenger front first, caliper and mount came off no problem, rotor came off and put the new one on, new pads and reassembled everything. On the driver side, I did the same but could only get one rotor screw loose. The other is in there good, I hammered it and sprayed it with lubricant and tapped it some more, I will not budge. I ended up totally mangling the slots of the screw head so now its totally a mess. I put the new pads in and closed it all up, I am driving that way temporarily until I can get it fixed. Obviously my braking feels funny, and the pedal depresses all the way to the floor but I can stop, sort of. So my questions are

A) Why do I hear a grinding sound when I hit the brakes hard? Was there before as well. Because of the semi metallic pads?

B) How do I get that screw out to change my rotor? I am driving with new pads on each front side and one new rotor and one old rotor. I have a friend who works at OK Tire, if need be Im sure they deal with this problem often and can fix it.
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 AT 7:26 PM

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Tiny
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Ok the noise is probalby because of the new pads on an old rotor or could be a bad hub bearing, with that said if the screw is totally mangled then you will need to drill it out and work on it from there. If there is enough of a head on the screw then you could use an impact screw driver. It is a screw driver that has impact bits and you put on the screw head and hit it with a hammer and it gives the screw a turn as it is hit. Hope this helps you and thanks
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 AT 7:55 PM
Tiny
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Hello,

You hear the grinding sound most likely do to the new pads on the unevenness of the old rotor.

You will need to drill out the screw.
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 AT 7:57 PM
Tiny
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Hmmm, thanks for the input so far. As far as the noise goes, it was happening with the old pads and old rotors, now it is still happening. Could it be a bad hub bearing if it only happens when I brake hard? Wouldnt it make a sound under driving conditions or light braking? I really dont know. Yeah, I suppose trying an impact scre driver might work, as for drilling it. What does that entail? Drill a hole into it? Then what? Tap the hole? Not really sure what to do. Thanks.
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 AT 8:01 PM
Tiny
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Yes a hub should make noise all the time not while just while hard braking so that is probably the new pads on an old rotor. As for drilling it I would drill the head of the screw off so I can get the rotor off then deal with what is left after the rotor is off. Then you can either drill a hole it and easy out it or use vise grips if it will turn.
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Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 AT 8:20 PM

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