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Old 02-15-2013, 10:36 AM   #1
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Rear Rotor Replacement Help! Can't get to Caliper bolts!?

Hey E46ers,

Here's the problem. My rear right brake had no sensor on it to tell me that it was ready to be replaced. Not only that but it never squealed never a single sound until the grinding started. Checked out the rotor and it is ground to sh!*.

I bought four new rotors and four sets of brakes because they were all looking not so good.

Fronts are now finished but I got the back up in the air and can't get a ratchet in behind the caliper because there is no room! The rear strut is completely obstructing the bolts.

What do I do? Remember, I can't even fit the ratchet behind when it has the socket on it. I couldn't find anyone having similar issues. Is this normal?? No one mentions it in their diys. Need help ASAP!

Thanks everyone!
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:29 PM   #2
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:31 PM   #3
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Use a wrench?
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Huh? There is no clearance problem with those bolts.
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Old 02-15-2013, 01:52 PM   #5
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Be creative. I used a long extension breaker bar. Or you could use a very small wrench
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Old 02-15-2013, 05:40 PM   #6
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Use a wrench?
I would except the bolts are seized up...

Breaker bar is a good idea. I've already spent a lot on this project. Another tool wouldn't hurt, I guess!

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Or use a mallet/plastic dead blow on the wrench...they're not that tight. A breaker bar is a good thing to have, though.
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