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    Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    Have you ever had difficulty getting a frozen brake rotor off the hub? Well, one night I was at my wits end (a short trip) with a rotor on my Santa Fe, and I pondered the problem for a while and came up with a method I've been using ever since with great success. Now it is quite possible that someone else has come up with this already, but it was new to me and I figured this out myself one night out of desperation. Anyway, I describe the method in a short video.

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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    Giving back! Excellent.
    Would "Deep Creep" work better than WD-40?
    https://seafoamsales.com/product/deep-creep-penetrating-oil/
    I always keep a can of the stuff handy.

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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    Man, I could have used your video on Saturday! I helped a friend do his rear brakes and the rotor just would not come off. I struggled and finally it came off. I used some penetrating oil and a BFH to convince it.
    By the way Bas, I didn't see any jack stands in your video... just saying.

    edit:... just watched it again and noticed the rear jack stand.
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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    Quote Originally Posted by Gliderman8 View Post

    edit:... just watched it again and noticed the rear jack stand.
    I had two jack stands. I never ever work under a car without a good jackstand - good reminder.
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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    Quote Originally Posted by Boink View Post
    Giving back! Excellent.
    Would "Deep Creep" work better than WD-40?
    https://seafoamsales.com/product/deep-creep-penetrating-oil/
    I always keep a can of the stuff handy.

    WD-40 seemed to work ok with this method. Never tried Deep Creep (never heard of it actually).
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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    weasel pi**!!!!
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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    Quote Originally Posted by DrEntropy View Post
    weasel pi**!!!!
    I was going to try that but I couldn't get the weasel to cooperate
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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    Deep Creep is really just a brand of penetrating oil.
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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    I made a qt. of weasel, keep sealed for emergencies, and a squirt oil can at the ready. I never use WD for anything but squeaks.
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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    Great tip. Although a BFH can be very satisfying.
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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    This just in:
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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    Brakes overheating?
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    Re: Easy(er) way to get frozen brake rotors off

    Quote Originally Posted by NutmegCT View Post
    Brakes overheating?
    No, but perhaps over-eating.
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