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How to Replace Brake Rotors on an Isuzu Rodeo

by Russell Wood; Updated November 07, 2017

Items you will need

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Tire iron

  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set

  • Replacement brake rotors

The brake rotors (also known as brake discs) on the front of your Isuzu Rodeo are responsible for the majority of the braking done by your vehicle, since the rear brakes don't carry the load. Over time, rotors will get worn down and if not properly cared for, can crack and get damaged, necessitating replacement. In this case, the project vehicle is a 2004 Isuzu Rodeo, but the process of replacing brake rotors is similar for other vehicles, as well.

Lift up the front end of the SUV using the jack, and set the vehicle on the jack stands. Be sure the vehicle is solidly set on the stands prior to taking off the front wheels, then unbolt the wheels using the tire iron.

Unbolt the front brake caliper bracket that's attached to the steering knuckle, using the ratchet. Lift it off of the brake disc and support it on the lower control arm of the front suspension. Alternatively, support the brake disc with a metal hook, so that the brake caliper isn't hanging by the brake line.

Slide the factory brake disc off of the front wheel hub and set it aside for recycling, then slide the replacement disc onto the hub.

Reinstall the brake caliper bracket onto the steering knuckle, using the ratchet.

Reinstall the wheels, take the vehicle off the jack stands and set it on the ground, using the jack.

About the Author

Russell Wood is a writer and photographer who attended Arizona State University. He has been building custom cars and trucks since 1994, including several cover vehicles. In 2000 Wood started a career as a writer, and since then he has dedicated his business to writing and photographing cars and trucks, as well as helping people learn more about how vehicles work.

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