A lot of people can change out the brake pads themselves, but that's just half of the process. A truly quality brake job involves turning the rotors to ensure adequate surface contact between the rotor and brake pads. This is an extra step, but it's the safest thing to do with your vehicle and for those who ride in it. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2006 Mitsubishi Montero with front disc brakes, but the process is similar for other vehicles as well.
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Things you need
- Jack stands
- Tire iron
- 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
Raise up the front of the vehicle using the jack and set it on the jack stands. Make sure that the vehicle is solidly on the stands before crawling underneath it. Take off the front wheels using the tire iron and set them out of the workspace.
Unbolt the brake caliper bracket from the front suspension using the ratchet and sockets. Lift the caliper off of the rotor, then set it on a spare jack stand or other tall object so that the brake line has zero tension on it.
Slide the rotor off of the wheel hub by gripping the sides with both hands and pulling it straight off.
Tips and warnings
- The wheel rotor can be fairly heavy so keep that in mind when removing it.
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