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I need to replace rear pads and rotors soon. I plan on doing it myself. Any tricks or suprises I should be aware of?
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Re: Replacing rear brakes

Ok, the front change went perfect, the rears however have not.

The stupid manual says "remove rear rotor." well thanks for all the help Nissan... I cannot get the rear rotors to come off. I can rotate them and see they are loose as they turn and hit the wheel studs both clockwise and counter clockwise. However, when I try to pull them straight off one side hangs up on what I believe is the silly e-brake on the inside. I'm not a hammer kind of guy so I can't bring myself to whack the crap out of ity to get the one side loose.

Is there somekind of secret? Do I need to release the e-brake from the backside or something?

And BTW- I'm very, very disapointed with how the rears have worn. The rotor looks like crap at 40k miles and my contact patch is just a small fraction of the entire surface and the pads are hardly worn. It's like these back brakes are along for the ride and the bias is way too front heavy.


I'm sick and tired of all the problems...
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Ok, the front change went perfect, the rears however have not...
I haven't changed mine yet, so can't help you. But I will be having to tackle this job soon. What replacements are you going with?

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I haven't changed mine yet, so can't help you. But I will be having to tackle this job soon. What replacements are you going with?
My Titan is just a work horse, it ain't some fancy tricked out ride, I have 2-cars that I spend my mod money on. With that said I'm only interested in solid dependable function, I'm not looking for all sorts of flashy parts.

I have had awesome luck with Centric Premium Rotors on my track cars, and that is what is on the front of the Titan now, and still on the garage floor for the rears.

Pads though, differnt subject. I bought EBC Green Stuff and I would say NEVER EVER buy them! They perform great, but they are just way too dust, they make the OEM pads look like the cleanest thing is the world.

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Ok, the front change went perfect, the rears however have not.

The stupid manual says "remove rear rotor." well thanks for all the help Nissan... I cannot get the rear rotors to come off. I can rotate them and see they are loose as they turn and hit the wheel studs both clockwise and counter clockwise. However, when I try to pull them straight off one side hangs up on what I believe is the silly e-brake on the inside. I'm not a hammer kind of guy so I can't bring myself to whack the crap out of ity to get the one side loose.

Is there somekind of secret? Do I need to release the e-brake from the backside or something?

And BTW- I'm very, very disapointed with how the rears have worn. The rotor looks like crap at 40k miles and my contact patch is just a small fraction of the entire surface and the pads are hardly worn. It's like these back brakes are along for the ride and the bias is way too front heavy.
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I believe you have run into the same problem I ran into when I tried to remove my rear rotors. I actually never went so far as to actually get mine off. On most other vehicles I’ve owned there was always a star wheel access hole on the back-side which would allow you to insert a flat bladed screw driver and relax the pressure on the pads. It appears our Titans only have an adjustment nut located under the dash on the e-peddle. I guess I’d try and loosen it up to see if it helps.

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I actually never went so far as to actually get mine off.
Yup, I'm in the same boat, fresh parts on the floor in the garage, and no clue how to get the rotors off. I asked my dealer and they said use a hammer, and as I said before, I'm not thrilled about that idea because in my situation it is not going to be some light taps but some serious pounding.

NOTE- never had a problem on my Honda's because of this...


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Yup, I'm in the same boat, fresh parts on the floor in the garage, and no clue how to get the rotors off. I asked my dealer and they said use a hammer, and as I said before, I'm not thrilled about that idea because in my situation it is not going to be some light taps but some serious pounding.

NOTE- never had a problem on my Honda's because of this...
Ya I'm not too sure I'd start whacking it with a hammer. Since you have said it is wiggling around I believe it's the e-brake shoes, which are hung up. I'd try taking all the tension off the cable by backing off the adjusting nut up under the dash.

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Re: Replacing rear brakes

Look from the back of the backing plate mounted to the axle housing, for a rectangular or oblong rubber plug. It could be on the top, bottom, frontward or rearward on the plate. You should be able to access the parking brake adjustment wheel. If someone with a service manual can check "Parking brake adjustment/replacement" to see if they explain how it's done, chime in.

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Look from the back of the backing plate mounted to the axle housing, for a rectangular or oblong rubber plug. It could be on the top, bottom, frontward or rearward on the plate. You should be able to access the parking brake adjustment wheel. If someone with a service manual can check "Parking brake adjustment/replacement" to see if they explain how it's done, chime in.
At least on my 2006 LE there is no access slot to adjust the star wheel with flat bladed screwdriver. Like you mentioned, other vehicles I’ve owned always had the rubber plug. I believe someone mentioned you might be able to access the star wheel between the rotor and the dust shield but I have yet to confirm this.

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Yup, I'm in the same boat, fresh parts on the floor in the garage, and no clue how to get the rotors off. I asked my dealer and they said use a hammer, and as I said before, I'm not thrilled about that idea because in my situation it is not going to be some light taps but some serious pounding.

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I had trouble removing rear rotor....but was able to remove it with lubricants and banging with hammer.....just as if it was coming off any vehicle...trick is lubricants, banging left and right, up and down on rotor.
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Re: Replacing rear brakes

Just repalced mine a few weeks ago... took about 10 minutes to do both sides... Just get a pry bar behind the rotor put some pressure on it then hit around it with a hammer, then move the pry bar to the other side and repeat... keep doing this till eventually it slips off the ebrake. Good luck sir!
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