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Old 10-23-2008, 12:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Front Brake Rotor Removal

I just replaced my front brake rotors on my 2006 Colorado Z71 2WD I5 to Powerslot rotors.

And i searched on here for a GOOD write up.. and didn't find one. so i figured i would try to help.

OH... DO NOT! USE A SLIDE HAMMER.. IT CAN DAMAGE THE BEARINGS!


Tools Required:

Lug Removal Tool
Impact Gun (Recommended)
Sockets.. Lots of metric sockets
Ratchets
Wrenches
Porta Power (hydraulic piston) --- THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT... use to press hub off..
LOTS OF PATIENCE


Instructions:

1) Jack vehicle and support on jack stands.

2) Remove front tire.

3) Remove Front Brake caliper.. hang on frame using a bungee or other support
Important to not stress hose.

4) Remove brake pad support.

5) Remove 4 bolts from rear of hub.

6) Undo bolt for ABS sensor from frame, undo all clips holding wire.
Crawl under truck and unclip wire connector (trace wire from the ABS sensor to find it)

7) Make sure wire is unclipped from the frame and will not bind on removal of hub. (Prevents Damage of ABS sensor)

TRICKY PART: Turn the wheels so that you can use the hydraulic porta-power against where the lower control arm mounts to the front. (Turn the
wheel left). Position porta-power to be placed inside dimple of the middle of the hub. DO NOT DAMAGE ABS SENSOR...
Pump Porta-power until hub "Pops".. be extremely careful removing the hub not to damage the ABS wire at all.. It is easy to break and not notice (I did
this and had to resplice it)

9) Hub should be removed from vehicle by this point and you can remove the six bolts holding the old rotor on. Still be careful not to damage the sensor.

10) Change the rotor. (do not use impact gun to reattach.. may strip threads)

11) Installation is basically reverse of removal.

12) Install brake pads, press caliper back in (typical brake job)

13) Put tire back on.. do other side.. and you're done.


Porta Power is this.... http://www.southern-tool.com/store/porta_power_kit.html


any questions... message me.
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The "official how to" is in here
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Another approach:

Instead of using a porta Power, we used the hydraulic steering force to pop the hub off. Remove the bolts from the bearing housing, loosen the axel nut and then wedge an extension/socket/whatever between the rotor and the shock mount (or whatever you can). Then turn the wheel with the engine running. The hob popped right off.

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anyone get any pics of the procedure?
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Another approach:

Instead of using a porta Power, we used the hydraulic steering force to pop the hub off. Remove the bolts from the bearing housing, loosen the axel nut and then wedge an extension/socket/whatever between the rotor and the shock mount (or whatever you can). Then turn the wheel with the engine running. The hob popped right off.

Chris
That is an interesting approach. I wonder if there is any harm done by removing the rotor this way (granted you have someone to catch it so it does not fall on the ground and damage the speed sensor)?!
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If you had to use a hydrualic ram to push the hub out how are you getting it back in?
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If you had to use a hydrualic ram to push the hub out how are you getting it back in?
It comes out hard becuase of the buildup of rust/dirt. Once it's out and cleaned up you can put it back in by hand.
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I found it easier to take the four bolts holding the hub on almost completely off then putting a small 2x4 on it and hitting the bolts all the way around. It loosens the hub enough to take off by hand. And the hub will only go as far as the bolt so no damaged parts unless you miss the 2x4 and hit your sensor.
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Thank you!

I can do this now. I wish I had kept track of all the money I have saved on doing repairs myself thanks to the guys on this site. I has to be in the thousands!

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does any know how to remove and install the abs sensor from the hub bearing assembly? if not, how about finding one that comes already complete cause i cant find em' ..... thanks btw this website ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!
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