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post #1 of 11 Old Aug 29th, 2008, 11:14 am Thread Starter
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LT front wheel removal (Am I an idiot?)

So I removed the front wheel to have new rubber installed. The procedure is strait forward enough with one exception; the brake rotors. After loosening the calipers I could not see a way to easily slip them over the rotors without using a heavy hand or disconnecting the brake lines. On my '07, the brake calipers seem to extend almost to the wheel itself on both sides. I removed the rotors and ABS ring (making a mental note of the shimmed legs).

Nowhere else do I see any mention of this extra step. Am I being too conservative (or an idiot) for removing the rotors as well to get the wheel off?

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No need to remove rotors and ABS ring.

Just before removing the calipers you need to wiggle them gently side to side to push the pistons back in as you will need that little extra room to tilt the calipers sideways in order to clear the wheel. Some use masking tape on the wheel so the calipers don't scratch it; not a bad idea.

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All you have to do is remove the brake pads from caliper. This gives you enough side way movement to remove calipers. You can also use painters tape to cover/protect inside rim and eliminate scuff marks during removal process. I have never had to remove the other items you did.


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Oops. Perhaps my ex-wife was right..... Thanks.

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Re: LT front wheel removal (Am I an idiot?)

Someone suggested getting one of those cheap small C-clamps at a hardware store, one with plastic covering the tips of both legs. I use that to push the brake pads against the brake.
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All you have to do is remove the brake pads from caliper. This gives you enough side way movement to remove calipers. You can also use painters tape to cover/protect inside rim and eliminate scuff marks during removal process. I have never had to remove the other items you did.


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I have never removed brake pads when removing wheel. Just push pads gently in (so that piston goes inside) by using some suitable tool e.g. big screwdriver and you can remove caliber with pad without any further problems.

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I alway took pads out. It is easy to do, provides amble removal space and you are able to visually inspect the pads for wear and/or heat glazing. I also had the habit of swapping the pads around because there always seemed to be one side of the pads that wear out more quickly. Kind of like: If you are in the same area working, why not take a few extra steps for inspection and prevention of vital component.

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I have never removed brake pads when removing wheel. Just push pads gently in (so that piston goes inside) by using some suitable tool e.g. big screwdriver and you can remove caliber with pad without any further problems.

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Once you do have the rotors off, (how ever you do it) do your self a favor by putting a tennis ball or something like it between the grip and the brake handle also protect the rear brake pedal with something. You don't want someone to walk into your garage and activate your brakes.

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Once you do have the rotors off, (how ever you do it) do your self a favor by putting a tennis ball or something like it between the grip and the brake handle also protect the rear brake pedal with something. You don't want someone to walk into your garage and activate your brakes.

One step no one posted yet was to mark with a piece of tape the spot on the rim of the wheel where you took the calipers off, so when re-installing them you know where they had room to be removed, and therefore installed again. I know the rim should be round, but this little extra step really helped me put it all back together again.
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