Corvette 1997-2005

Brake Disc (Rotor)

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
Dust and dirt accumulating on brake parts during normal use may contain asbestos fibers from production or aftermarket brake linings. Breathing excessive concentrations of asbestos fibers can cause serious bodily harm. Exercise care when servicing brake parts. Do not sand or grind brake lining unless equipment used is designed to contain the dust residue. Do not clean brake parts with compressed air or by dry brushing. Cleaning should be done by dampening the brake components with a fine mist of water, then wiping the brake components clean with a dampened cloth. Dispose of cloth and all residue containing asbestos fibers in an impermeable container with the appropriate label. Follow practices prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the handling, processing, and disposing of dust or debris that may contain asbestos fibers.

  1. Check to be sure that the park brake is released.
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  3. Raise and support the vehicle.
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  5. Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
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  7. Disconnect the park brake cable from the park brake apply lever.
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  9. Install a C-clamp over the body of the brake caliper, with the C-clamp ends against the rear of the caliper body and the outboard disc brake pad.
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  11. Using the C-clamp, compress the piston into the caliper bore just enough to allow the caliper to slide away from the rotor.
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  13. Remove the C-clamp.
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  15. Remove the caliper bracket bolts. Do not disconnect the brake flexible hose bolt.
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  17. Remove the brake caliper and the caliper mounting bracket as an assembly from the suspension knuckle and support the assembly with heavy mechanic's wire, or equivalent. Ensure that there is no tension on the hydraulic brake flexible hose.
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  19. Matchmark the position of the brake rotor to the wheel studs.
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  21. Remove the brake rotor. Do not force the rotor off. If the rotor is difficult to remove, ease it off by gently rotating it as you pull outward.
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To install:

  1. Thoroughly clean any rust or corrosion from the mating surface of the hub/axle flange.
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  3. Thoroughly clean any rust or corrosion from the mating surface and mounting surface of the brake rotor.
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  5. Inspect the mating surfaces of the hub/axle flange and the rotor to ensure that there are no foreign particles or debris remaining.
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  7. Connect the park brake cable to the park brake lever.
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  9. Adjust the clearance of the park brake shoe to the drum-in-hat portion of the brake rotor.
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  11. Install the brake rotor to the hub/axle flange. Use the matchmark made prior to removal for proper orientation to the flange.
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  13. Install the brake caliper and the brake caliper bracket as an assembly to the suspension knuckle.
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  15. Install the tire and wheel assembly.
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  17. Lower the vehicle.
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