How to Remove Brake Glazing

January 27, 2012

Removing brake glazing is actually a fairly easy process if you know what you are doing. In this article it is assumed that a brake lathe is not available, as it is not a common tool to be found in a home. After reading this article, you will have the knowledge to do this task. In the long run, this can save you a lot of money.

Step One: Jacking up and Securing the Vehicle

  • First, jack the vehicle up with a floor jack
  • Next, place jack stands to secure parts of the vehicle
  • Next, slowly lower the jack until the vehicle is resting on the stands
  • Finally remove the jack from under the vehicle

Step Two: Removing the Wheels

  • First, remove the lug nuts with an impact gun
  • Lastly pull the wheel off of the hub

Step Three: Removing the Brake Caliper

  • First, remove the two caliper bolts/pins that are holding the caliper from the back side
  • Next, pull the caliper away from the rotor and bake pads
  • Lastly, using a bungee cord, tie the caliper on to a fixed piece of metal to keep it from hanging

Step Four: Removing the Brake Caliper Bracket and Brake Rotor

  • First, pull the bake pads out of the bracket
  • Next, remove the two bolts on the back of the caliper bracket
  • Then, pull the bracket away from the rotor
  • Finally, simply pull the brake rotor off

Step Five: Resurfacing the Rotor

  • First, lay the rotor flat on the ground
  • Then, using a drill and a abrasive pad (cookie) slowly begin roughing up the surface of the rotor
  • Next, do the same on the other side of the rotor
  • Then, when you can no longer see your reflection in the rotor you are complete
  • Finally, simply put the rotor back on the hub

Step Six: Replacing the Rotor and the Brake Caliper Bracket

  • First, Place the rotor back on the hub
  • Next. Place the brake caliper bracket around the hub
  • Then, line up the bracket with then bolt holes
  • Finally, place the bolt in the holes and tighten them down to manufacturers specification

Step Seven: Replacing the Brake Pads and Brake Caliper

  • First, simply put the brake pads into the bracket
  • Then, lubricate and clean the caliper slide pins
  • Next, line the caliper hole up with the caliper bracket holes
  • Then, tighten the caliper pins to manufacturer specifications

Step Eight: Replacing the Vehicles Wheels

  • First, place the wheels on the hub
  • Next finger tighten the lug nuts until the wheel is sting properly on the hub
  • Finally, torque the wheels down to manufacturer specifications

Step Nine: Lowering the Vehicle

  • First, use the jack to lift the vehicle off of the jack stands
  • Next, remove the jack stands from under the vehicle
  • Then, lower the jack until the vehicle is on the ground
  • Finally, use a torque wrench to double check the torque on the wheels

Step Ten: Test Drive and Brandish Rotor

  • First, make certain to pump the brake pedal until it is firm
  • Next, take the car for a test drive
  • Then, during the test drive, make certain to perform several hard stops to brandish the rotor
  • Finally, given the vehicle operates properly you are finished

Now that you know how to remove glazing from the brake rotor, it is time to get to work.

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