Hyundai began selling the mid-sized Elantra sedan in the U.S. in 1992. To keep pace with the competition, Hyundai updated the vehicle's design in 1995 and again in 2000 and 2006. All model years of the Elantra have front disc brakes. Removing the front brake rotors is a relatively uncomplicated task that Elantra owners can do for themselves.
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Things you need
- Lug nut wrench
- Axle stands
- Wire hook or bungee cord
- 8mm bolt
Park the vehicle on a firm, level surface and set the parking brake. Put automatic transmissions in park, manual transmissions in first or reverse gear. Partly loosen the wheel lug nuts. Jack the vehicle up. Set the vehicle securely on a safety stand, completely remove the lug nuts and pull the wheel off.
Undo and remove the two caliper guide rod bolts. Grasp the caliper and roll it back and forth to force the brake pads apart a little. Remove the caliper from the disc and hang it out of the using a wire hook or bungee cord. Be careful not to stretch or kink the flexible brake hose.
Pull the disc off the hub. If the disc is seized, tap the inner disc surface firmly with a mallet to loosen it. Do not hit the disc rim or the disc braking surface. On 2006 and later models, there is a threaded hole near the centre of the disc for an 8mm jacking bolt. Insert an 8mm bolt into the hole and tighten to jack the disc off the hub.
Tips and warnings
- Reverse the steps to reassemble the brake. Start the vehicle and test the brake operation. Replace the wheel and lower the vehicle.
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