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      07-26-2020 01:29 AM #1
      These are the FS111 brakes on a 2003 Jetta. Don't know when they were last removed, but they are rusted tight now. The disk retaining screws are stuck, too. Drilled off the head of one retaining screw, but the rotor is like the rock of Gibraltar—it ain't movin!

      Anyone have good ideas on removing rotors rusted to the hubs?

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      07-26-2020 01:30 AM #2
      Rubber mallet and just swing away

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      07-26-2020 07:51 AM #3
      Look for a threaded hole on the face of the rotor. I don't recall the size, m7 or m10 maybe. Breaker bar and socket. Screw in and it lifts rotor off.

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      07-26-2020 08:58 AM #4
      Don't recall any threaded hole on the rotor of the FS111 brakes, but I will check carefully. That would be great!

      Unfortunately, that was wishful thinking. No threaded holes on these rotors…

      And consider the term "stealership" often used on Vortex. Threading holes would cost VW at least a minute of manufacturing time, but what's worse, it would reduce the time VW service departments could use in billing for brake service. VW's—not service friendly.
      Last edited by clyde; 07-26-2020 at 09:18 AM.

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      07-26-2020 10:04 AM #5
      Water. Soak all the oxidation with water and let it sit/soak. Use a spray bottle and a mixture of salt water if it’s absolutely stuck with no wobble. Hair of the dog type scenario.
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      07-26-2020 10:17 PM #6
      Get a big hammer and whack the rotor hat till it breaks loose
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      07-26-2020 10:20 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by xspeedracer View Post
      Get a big hammer and whack the rotor hat till it breaks loose
      I recommend it too, but I guess he couldn't get it off?

      I had some rusted rotors before couple huge swings and it came out.

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    10. 07-26-2020 10:34 PM #8
      Brass hammer always does the trick.

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      07-26-2020 10:40 PM #9
      Get a bigger hammer
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      07-26-2020 11:02 PM #10
      My trick is to loosen the lug bolts a bit, then drive over big bumps and swerve around. Always breaks them loose

      As soon as you hear it pop loose and wobble, get out and tighten the bolts, drive home. Dont go over 30 mph, and avoid crowded roads
      Last edited by Showroom special; 07-26-2020 at 11:22 PM.

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      07-27-2020 07:41 AM #11
      Big dead-blow hammer did the job after an overnight soaking with Gibbs penetrant. Imagining a damaged rotor, I didn't want to use an iron sledge…

      Cheers to Showroom special for his novel idea!

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      07-30-2020 08:56 PM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by MauiJettaUte View Post
      Rubber mallet and just swing away

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      Agree.
      If you are sure that set screw is all the way out of the way.... then hit the edges of the hub with some WD-40, put in a lug nut part way so when the rotor does break loose it doesn't come flying off on your foot.
      Grab a hammer and whack away.

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      08-01-2020 01:12 PM #13
      manpower always wins, theres no other way. smash
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      08-01-2020 10:25 PM #14
      A stuck rotor is nothing compared to a stuck rear drum. Worst case you'd have to drill out a stripped set screw, get new one at the hardware store.

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      08-01-2020 10:31 PM #15
      sgnim is right as far as he goes. BUT he's in the realm of theory. Has anyone seen a stuck rear drum on a Mk4? I thought not.

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      08-01-2020 11:31 PM #16
      haha
      I had a datsun 620 pickup with drums in the front. Four-wheel drum brakes , 1976.

    19. 08-02-2020 11:49 PM #17
      Whacking with a non dead blow hammer can trash wheel bearings. Ask me how I know.

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