What is the trick to getting the rear rotors off?


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Jul 19, 2017
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The E-Brake is off, I have tried WD-40 all over, I have heated them up with a torch, I just can't seem to get them to budge. I have banged all over them with a 5lb hammer.

At this point I am putting the new pads on and calling it a day with it, moving on to the other side.
Other side is the same way, so I am just going to put the $400 rotors on the shelf for now as I need my truck today, and put it back together with the new pads. Will pay a buddy to do it some other time I guess....very disappointing, I do not see anything holding them on at this point.
From my 06 shop manual:

1. Raise and support the vehicle.
2. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
3. Compress the disc brake caliper using tool
4. Remove the caliper pin bolts (3).
5. Remove the banjo bolt (6) and discard the copper
CAUTION: Never allow the disc brake caliper to
hang from the brake hose. Damage to the brake
hose with result. Provide a suitable support to
hang the caliper securely.
6. Remove the rear disc brake caliper.

There should be nothing special. it sounds like your rotors are seized to the mounting point on the hub.
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Yes I had all of that removed already, nothing left on the hub/rotor. It would not budge even with some decent swings with the BFH... Also soaked in WD-40 for a bit, still no budge... Ordered a rotor puller good for 7 tons...see if that and the BFH gets it done in a few weeks....had to put it all back together as I needed the truck later today.
If your rotors are the orginal there may be a clip over one of the studs. Or I've had some drums in the past that had rusted to the axel flange. Took a very big hammer to break them loose.
I would try adjusting the emergency brake shoes all the way down. They maybe be holding it
Well the first sentence in my OP is "E-Brake is off"...so that ain't it. No clips left on the studs. Rotor would turn freely with both wheels off the ground, so I don't think the EB was holding it on at all. Most likely was rusted to the axle like 96indy mentioned. I let it soak in some WD40 and hammered it with a 10lb sledge, as best I could, had little swing room. But the puller did the trick fairly easily once I added heat to it.
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Wire brush the center axle flange and soak it. I use a 3 lbs brass hammer along the outer edge's of the rotor and you got to be accurate and deliberate with every swing. Don't be shy! Hit the damn thing....
E brake may be off but you hsve to get the pads to retract.
E brake has its own pads inside the rotor hub.
After a lot of miles the get caught on the groove they make

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