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Old 10-13-2006, 04:22 PM   #1
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Default Caliper won't come off of rotor HELP!!

We are trying to install some new rotors and pads on my friends wrx. His stock rotors are worn down and there is a lip on the outter edge of the rotor. Does anyone know what to do to get it off? Thanks
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Old 10-13-2006, 04:24 PM   #2
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1) is the emergency brake on?

2) can you get between the pads w/ something and gently pry them apart?
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Old 10-13-2006, 04:53 PM   #3
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If you open the bleeder a little it should make it much easier to push the pad/piston back to clear the lip. You will have to do a proper air bleed once you're done.
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:21 PM   #4
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usually you can rotate the caliper down and it slides off the pads themselves (which end up falling to the ground)

And e-brake being on would only affect if it were the a) rears and b) he was trying to take the rotor off
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:27 PM   #5
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Default since you are replacing both the pad and rotor

take the cap off the master cylinder.
slide a screwdriver in between the pad and the rotor. You should be able to push the pad out, using the rotor surface as a leverage point.

You'll be doing similar work later in the job anyway, when you use a clamp and the old pad to push the pots back into the caliper.

If that doesn't work, opening the bleeder should do it but then you might as well change the brake fluid too.
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:27 PM   #6
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usually you can rotate the caliper down and it slides off the pads themselves (which end up falling to the ground)

And e-brake being on would only affect if it were the a) rears and b) he was trying to take the rotor off

having the ebrake on will keep some pressure in the entire braking system, making it nearly impossible to get the front pads off. (i didn't believe it either until you see it happen firsthand)
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:29 PM   #7
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having the ebrake on will keep some pressure in the entire braking system, making it nearly impossible to get the front pads off. (i didn't believe it either until you see it happen firsthand)
no **** seriously? Thats...odd hahaha
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Old 10-13-2006, 06:54 PM   #8
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no **** seriously? Thats...odd hahaha
Especially considering that the handbrake is a cable actuated drum within the rear rotor that has absolutely no bearing on the hydraulic system whatsoever........
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Old 10-13-2006, 07:13 PM   #9
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having the ebrake on will keep some pressure in the entire braking system, making it nearly impossible to get the front pads off. (i didn't believe it either until you see it happen firsthand)
So I've been doing it wrong all those times?
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Old 10-13-2006, 08:15 PM   #10
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Lol. Hey thanks for all the responses guys...We finally figured out how to do it. I'd describe it but I don't think you'd understand unless you saw it lol. Thanks again =)
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