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Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 11:19 am 
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Hi People.
As title suggests. My front Rotors are stuffed, and they are slotted ones.
My Mech said they can be re-ginded to fix them, but prob better option would be to just replace them.

My car is off the road. So i was thinking to save $$ i could buy the parts and do it myself. But im not the best mechanically minded bloke in the world, and not sure quite how hard the job is. :roll:

Any advise or suggestions??

Im guessing I need to do the brake pads while im at it.

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Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 11:22 am 
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Check the min thickness. Mech should be able to tell you but also printed on the rotor somewhere.

If above min thickness then nothing wrong with getting them machined.

 

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Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 11:30 am 
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they are dba Slotted rotors.
Can you tell what the min thickness is from that info??
(or do they all differ??)

 

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Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 11:30 am 
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just a suggestion
when it comes to being a home mechanic, it might be ok to tinker with what makes it go, but when it comes to making the car stop, best to leave that for the professionals :)

 

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Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 11:38 am 
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XR~ADZ wrote:
they are dba Slotted rotors.
Can you tell what the min thickness is from that info??
(or do they all differ??)


Not off the top of my head, sorry. DBA are essentially a standard replacement (with slots in your case) so should be the same as factory spec. Different thicknesses for front and near.

Pretty sure someone here will be able to tell ya.

 

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Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 11:39 am 
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aphexer wrote:
just a suggestion
when it comes to being a home mechanic, it might be ok to tinker with what makes it go, but when it comes to making the car stop, best to leave that for the professionals :)


Mate, changing the front rotors is piss easy. Once you've taken off the wheel and dust cap it's really self explanitory. All you'll need is the new one and the seals that go on the back.

 

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Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 12:22 pm 
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Everything I know is by doing it myself or watching it get done. The hardest thing with the front rotors is repacking the bearings properly, but as long as you follow service manual instructions you'll be fine.:lol:


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Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 1:05 pm 
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aphexer wrote:
just a suggestion
when it comes to being a home mechanic, it might be ok to tinker with what makes it go, but when it comes to making the car stop, best to leave that for the professionals :)


Thats a fair comment, however people should with everthing, only work wthin their means, if you don't understand something - find out thats what these forums are for, to help others by sharing experience, thats how we learn.
If you then still feel safer having a pro do the job for then by all means use them.

It is much cheaper to machine your rotors than replace them (about $20ea). It is intended that they are machined several times during their life, I'd be checking the thickness. Minimum factory thickness for front rotors on a 'E' series is 22mm.

With all 'E' series cars you will need to clean and repack the bearings and replace the seal on the back of the rotor.

Always put new pads in regardless of how much 'meat' is left on the old ones.

 

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Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2004 1:10 pm 
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some good info there guys.

Cheers (keep it coming)

Ill measure the rotors tonight and see how much i gotta play with.

Thanks again.......

 

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