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Old 04-22-2020, 04:23 PM   #61
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My electric impact managed to break 2 of them free, the rest wouldn't budge. guess i'm going to need to call on Archimedes for some help.
Mount the hub to one of the wheels. Then use a breaker bar or piece of pipe to break them loose. Easiest way I have found.
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I have noticed on my truck the front breaks wear almost twice as fast as the rears too.
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Old 04-22-2020, 07:48 PM   #63
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Mount the hub to one of the wheels. Then use a breaker bar or piece of pipe to break them loose. Easiest way I have found.

but if the hub is mounted to the wheel, how do you access the rotor bolts (lack of a better word)?

I figured i'd wedge a pry bar between the lugs, with the other end touching the ground. had to do this in the past for FWD axle nuts...
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Old 04-24-2020, 04:33 AM   #64
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didn't have much time today, but i did make some progress with the brakes.
Figured out how to remove the rotor bolts from the hub...
Put the old rotor in a vise, and throw your back out breaking them free.



Then 20 minutes of banging on the hub to break it loose from the rotor.
ended up using a large punch from behind.

The thing that's holding me up now, is one of the caliper bushings was rusted in solid



Gotta get new ones tomorrow.


explains why that caliper was dragging so bad.
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Old 04-26-2020, 01:15 AM   #65
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would've finished the front brakes last night, except, the last bolt for the caliper bracket snapped. it's always the last bolt...



It's really welded in there



I soaked it overnight in penetrating oil, and spent most of today heating it with a torch and drenching it with more penetrant.
working it with a pipe wrench, since there was enough stick out, but it really doesn't want to come out...
snapped again, where the threads start.




Looks like i have to find a new drivers side caliper bracket.
i see new ones listed at the parts stores, but all the reviews say they're actually for 2wd, despite being listed as 4wd.

There are zero old nissans in inventory at any of the yards near me...

No clue where i'm going to get one fast...
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that sucks it may be easier to have a machine shop drill and tap that one out and next time you want to break those rotor bolts lose put a big screw driver in the fins of the old rotor and use use it like your changing a tire with the screw driver wedged on the ground/floor
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Despite my skepticism, the caliper bracket from O'reilly fit perfectly, and for $15 I probably should've just replaced them both...




in the two days it took to recieve, i managed to get my rear brakes sorted out.
much like other people have posted, with the new pads installed, and backed all the way off, i could not get the drum on.

it turns out even though the e-brake cable & handle were disengaged, the linkage (for lack of a better term) which sits behind the pads and pivots, was completely seized, so the e-brake never actually disengaged.



Initially i had to hit them with a hammer & Punch, to get them to move.

then it took a ton of penetrant and elbow grease, to work them free.







once i got them cleaned up and lubed, everything fit together beautifully.






and as an added bonus, i have a working E-Brake now...
which is super helpful, since my driveway is a hill, and i have a manual transmission.

No longer do i need to point my truck at the big tree, in case it rolls away
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Bled the new wheel cylinders today, and went for a drive...
This is a totally different truck, now that it's not fighting the e-brake.


Once i replace the shocks, and sort out the exhaust leak, i think we should be good to go.
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...next time you want to break those rotor bolts lose put a big screw driver in the fins of the old rotor and use use it like your changing a tire with the screw driver wedged on the ground/floor

I was prepared to do just that, but the bolts on the other rotor broke free nicely with the impact. I assume it was only this bad due to the fact that it had been sitting in that field so long...



either way, i still ended up putting it in the vise, because separating the hub from the rotor required attention from my mini sledge and punch.


I'm guessing it should be much better next time.
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The passenger caliper was still sticking, so i ended up replacing it, and i'm glad i didn't replace the bracket earlier, as it was included.

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