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Old 11-07-2009, 04:57 PM   #1
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changing my rotors and pads and i can't get the rotor off. yes my ebrake was off when pulling at it. and i went and loosend the cable at the brake handle itself as well. for some reason the drums are frozen to the rotor. i used a sterring wheel puller to try and pull them off, but the drum is stuck. now after all the pulling and hammering and turning the hub i think i have fed up my ebrake setup. i was told there's a rubber plug in the knuckle to access a fine tunning of the ebrake, but i can't see inside nor get a screwdriver in there. any ideas?
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Old 11-07-2009, 05:23 PM   #2
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have you tried using a bolt to push the rotor off the hub? or a deadblow to the rotor?
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Old 11-07-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
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yeah guy i used a steering wheel puller and hammered the crap out of it. the puller did do it's job, but the ebrake assembly or shoes were coming w/ the rotor.
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Old 11-07-2009, 09:39 PM   #4
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Try the 8mm (i think) bolts threaded in the holes to push it off.
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Old 11-07-2009, 09:47 PM   #5
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when i changed mine out i used a ton of that rust off spray. you have to let it soak for a while and then it did the trick. make sure you spray everything down with cleaner after
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:21 PM   #6
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stick a bolt in the hole!
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Old 11-09-2009, 12:21 AM   #7
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stick a bolt in the hole!
really guy? did you read my first post?

hammered it......not off

sterring wheel puller......not off

the ebrake shoes are stuck on the rotor itself. the rotors loose from the hub, but like i said the ebrake assembly is stuck on it.
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Old 11-09-2009, 06:53 PM   #8
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changing my rotors and pads and i can't get the rotor off. yes my ebrake was off when pulling at it. and i went and loosend the cable at the brake handle itself as well. for some reason the drums are frozen to the rotor. i used a sterring wheel puller to try and pull them off, but the drum is stuck. now after all the pulling and hammering and turning the hub i think i have fed up my ebrake setup. i was told there's a rubber plug in the knuckle to access a fine tunning of the ebrake, but i can't see inside nor get a screwdriver in there. any ideas?

where does it say your rotor's free form the hub? ...guy?
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the ebrake shoes are stuck on the rotor itself. the rotors loose from the hub, but like i said the ebrake assembly is stuck on it.
Your PB shoes have likely grooved into the tophat. Use a flat screwdriver and turn the adjuster through the hole in the back of the hub. It'll retract the shoes enough to remove the rotor.

IDK on Subies, but on my bug one was RH threads and one was LH threads, IIRC. Or maybe they were just on opposite sides of the car. Anyway, it ought to solve your problem.

ETA: The illustration I have says pry the cog wheel down. ie. The handle of the screwdriver will be moving up. YMMV, of course.
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Old 11-10-2009, 09:47 AM   #10
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i was told there's a rubber plug in the knuckle to access a fine tunning of the ebrake, but i can't see inside nor get a screwdriver in there. any ideas?

yes there an adjuster on the back of the brakes, it is the ones you are supposed to use to adjust the e-brake. Sometimes there is a rubber plug, sometimes it is long gone. I doubt it will help you much in this situation though, there really isn't any access to anything except the star wheel adjuster from that hole.
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