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How to Remove Brake Rotors From an Isuzu Rodeo

by Dan Ferrell

The brake rotors on your Isuzu Rodeo may wear too thin, crack or get scored after years of service. Being one of the most important safety components on your vehicle, a worn-out or damaged rotor should be replaced as soon as possible. It is a job you can do yourself using some simple tools and these steps.

Remove the Brake Caliper

Step 1

Park your Isuzu in a safe place with a level surface, if possible.

Step 2

Loosen the wheel lugs using a lug wrench on the wheel assembly with the brake rotor you want to replace.

Step 3

Raise the wheel assembly and tire off the floor using a floor jack. Support the vehicle on a jack stand. Remove the tire.

Step 4

Set a C-clamp over the brake caliper and turn in the C-clamp screw to push the brake caliper cylinder into its bore.

Step 5

Remove the two brake caliper mounting bolts, using a wrench or ratchet and socket and lift the caliper off the brake rotor.

Step 6

Secure the brake caliper on the vehicle body using a piece of wire to avoid damage to the brake hose connected to the caliper.

Remove the two caliper bracket mounting bolts, if your Isuzu model is equipped with it. Then lift the caliper bracket off the rotor.

Replace the Rotor

Step 1

Remove the brake rotor by pulling the unit off the wheel assembly by hand. If the rotor seems stuck, tap the rotor lightly around the friction surface, using a rubber mallet to pop it out from the wheel assembly.

Step 2

Wipe the hub and wheel assembly clean of brake lining dust using brake parts cleaner and a shop rag. Remove the protective film off the new rotor surface using denatured alcohol and a clean rag.

Step 3

Install the new rotor on the hub and wheel assembly.

Step 4

Install the brake caliper mounting bracket if your Isuzu model is equipped with one. Install the brake caliper.

Step 5

Install the tire and wheel lugs.

Step 6

Lower the vehicle. Finish tightening the wheel lugs.

Add brake fluid to the brake master cylinder. Depress the brake pedal several times to adjust the brake pads over the new rotor.


  • Brake pads and shoes may contain asbestos, which is known to cause cancer if inhaled in large quantities. Make sure to wipe clean brake dust from components and assemblies with brake parts cleaner and do not blow or disturb brake dust in any other manner.

Items you will need

  • Lug wrench
  • Hand siphon pump
  • Floor jack and jack stand
  • C-clamp
  • Wrench set
  • Ratchet and socket
  • Piece of wire
  • Rubber mallet
  • Brake parts cleaner
  • Shop rag
  • Denatured alcohol
  • Clean Rag

About the Author

Since 2003 Dan Ferrell has contributed general and consumer-oriented news to television and the Web. His work has appeared in Texas, New Mexico and Miami and on various websites. Ferrell is a certified automation and control technician from the Advanced Technology Center in El Paso, Texas.

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