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Old September 16th, 2014, 08:18 PM
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front brake rotor removal

...so how does the rotor come off? Do I need to remove that "star nut" in the middle? What size? Think its a 12 point...
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Old September 16th, 2014, 08:48 PM
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...also there is rust inside of the caliper piston...is that okay?
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Old September 17th, 2014, 11:57 AM
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yes the nut has to come off, dont know size
as long as the seal is not leaking surface rust should not be an issue
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Old October 13th, 2016, 02:35 AM
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Actually, just to clarify: No. You do not need to remove 'star' nut in order to remove front rotor. After removing caliper ( and brake pads ) from rotor, you just need to carefully hit rotor with mallet (prefer rubber than steel ) several times to loosen and remove. The original rotor may look like a 'one-piece' unit because of rusted connection but can be separated/removed from hub.
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Old May 5th, 2018, 05:04 AM
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07 Vibe - 104k - I just tried to remove my front rotors. No luck at all. Rust around the center has got them really locked it!

They didn't need turned down anyway so I just replaced the pads. Next brake job I'll need heat to get them off, I guess. Once off I'll replace with new anyway.

I bought a complete rear brake shoe kit with springs from Rock Auto.. I removed the drums and seen at 104k, they don't need replaced, yet.. Looks like I'll get at least another 25k out of them so I stored the new kit away..

LOVE THE VIBE!
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Old May 5th, 2018, 10:29 AM
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lets hope your Vibe continues to be an easy maintenance car
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Old May 6th, 2018, 09:33 PM
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Hey bud next time you try to remove rotors after everything is removed put lug nuts back on to protect threads and give some good taps with a heavy hammer near the studs on front of rotors.
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