How to Remove the Brake Rotor From a 2001 Isuzu Trooperby Eli Laurens
The 2001 Isuzu Trooper was manufactured with front disk brakes, which use a rotor and pad system to stop the vehicle. The rotors can become warped or rough with age, and require disassembly and replacement. The average backyard mechanic can remove a Trooper rotor in about half an hour.
Jack up the truck at the wheel of the rotor to be replaced, then place it on the jack stands. The jack stands are more secure than the jack alone.
Remove the wheel with the lug wrench by turning the nuts in a counterclockwise direction. Set the wheel aside.
Remove the caliper and pads by turning the caliper's rear bolts in a counterclockwise direction. The caliper and pads will slide off of the rotor, and they can be set onto the control arms or secured with zip-ties to prevent damage to the brake lines. Do not let the caliper dangle from the brake lines.
Remove the center cap by prying it off with a screwdriver, then unscrew the center plate by turning the three screws in a counterclockwise direction. The plate will come off once freed, and expose the wheel bearings and axle/hub nut.
Remove the center hub nut by turning it in a counterclockwise direction. Some models could have a cotter pin in place; remove it by pulling it up and out with a pair of pliers.
Remove the rotor by pulling it free of the hub, once the plate and axle nut are removed. The wheel bearings may have rusted to the rotor, and some force could be required.
- Check the rotor for thickness to see if it can be "turned" and reused.
Things You'll Need
- Socket set
- Wrench set
- Jack stands
- Lug wrench
- Use proper safety equipment and precautions when working on a vehicle.
Eli Laurens is a ninth-grade physics teacher as well as a computer programmer and writer. He studied electrical engineering and architecture at Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta, Ga., and now lives in Colorado.