How to Remove Camry Rotors

by Russell Wood
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When working on the front brakes of a Toyota Camry, some people just take off the caliper, swap out the brake pads and call the job done. Unfortunately, just swapping out the brake pads will stop the squealing sound of worn pads but it won't help with stopping ability. That's because rotors wear down and need to be turned or replaced every brake change or the pad won't have full contact with the rotor. To do this, you first have to take off the rotor. In this case, it's on a 2005 Toyota Camry, but the process is similar for other year Camrys as well.

Step 1

Lift up the front of the vehicle using the jack and secure it on jack stands. Make sure the vehicle is completely secure on the jack stands before you crawl underneath it. With a tire iron, remove the front wheels; place them to the side, out of the workspace.

Step 2

Unbolt the brake caliper bracket from the steering knuckle on the front suspension using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Slide the bracket and the caliper away from the rotor and hang them on the side of the strut, using a metal hook, making sure that the brake line is still loose.

Step 3

Thread the 10mm bolts into the small threaded inserts on the front of the rotor, between the lugs, and tighten them down with a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. This will pop the rotor off the lugs and allow you to slide it off the hub assembly. With the ratchet, unbolt the 10mm bolts.

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