How to Replace Brake Rotors on Your Car


one, two, three, four! Rev up your engines! It’s time for the Scotty Kilmer Channel,
is your car steering wheel shaking when you slam the brakes on, then stay tuned
because I’m going to show you how to fix them, if your front brake rotors are
warped, every time you hit the brakes especially stopping from like 60 to 40,
the steering wheel will shake because the rotors are warped, so today I’m going
to show you how to change brake rotors on a car, just pull off the wheel
and check the brake rotors, you can see they’re really worn here, now you have to
remove the brake caliper in order to get to the rotor, so you have to take the two
bolts off and as you can see from this backside view, it’s an Allen hex wrench
and in the case of this Buick it’s a 3/8 inch allen hex wrench, so
we’ll put the wrench in, make sure it’s snug, you hammer to loosen it and
of course do the same thing on the top bolt, now the brake caliper often sticks
to the rotor, so get a big pair of pliers and squeeze it back in like this, open it
up a little, then put one end on the pad and one on the caliper and squeeze it, that moves it back in, so then you can just grab the whole caliper and get
it out of the way, now the rotors themselves often stick on, so get a big
hammer and whack them a couple times, after a few whacks, they come right off, then
just open up your new box with the rotors inside and put them on the car
and realize that if your old brake rotors are warped, so are the old brake pads, so
you need to put new brake pads on too, so get them out of the box and install them,
put the inside brake pad in first and snap it in, then put the outside and snap
it in then slide the caliper on and tap it in
place, then get your allen wrench and put it on the two bolts and tighten them up,
hit them with a big hammer to make sure they won’t come loose, you don’t want the
brakes coming off and of course don’t forget to do the other side because the
front brakes work in tandem, you have to change those rotors and pads too, but I
won’t bother filming this side because it’s exactly the same as the other side,
so the next time your steering wheel gets the shakes while braking, don’t
abandon ship put on a new pair of rotors and brake pads instead, and remember if
you have any car questions just visit Scotty Kilmer.com

100 Comments

  1. Mahad Warsame August 17, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    hey scotty I noticed that my when I apply force on the brake peddle it shakes until i apply more force. I also noticed that my rotors and brakes are I'm good conditon. what do you think cause shaking of the brake peddle when I apply the brakes

  2. Moses Reyes September 5, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    what causes your rotor to touch caliper braket

  3. Moses Reyes September 5, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    what causes your rotor to touch caliper braket

  4. Moses Reyes September 5, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    what causes your rotor to touch caliper braket

  5. LaxBboys September 30, 2016 at 5:11 pm

    very helpful video Scott!

  6. Jason Alexander September 30, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    what do you think about drilled or slotted rotors?

  7. Byron Pelico November 7, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Hello, Scotty could you Help me.. Brake lights are on all the time, and I change the brake switch already but still remains the same. What will be my problem/ thanks

  8. KronosSlots November 13, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Funny, i was looking for symptons of warped brake rotors, since my car was shaking bad upon braking (at the steering wheel). After i realised i proberly need new ones (RS4 B5, 2001) i gave my car a was. The moment i cleaned up my rimms and appearently the brakes as well, it basicly dissapeared the 'warping' effect. At both low and high speeds. How the hell is this possible? Was dirt the cause of the warping? The discs are 360mm large with both perforated and ventilated discs. Recently they where worked before i entered the nurburgring, but i'm sure that they had a nice beating after the ring.

  9. Christopher Ortiz November 29, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    quick and informative A++

  10. Yves Mathieu December 6, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    scotty know his stuff, never guided me wrong

  11. wotan237 January 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    What about replacing drums ? Any vid on that ?

  12. OkinR January 11, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    I just changed mine but I only did one side ? is it ok if I change the other one later? my problem was a stuck caliper though!

  13. MrNinjamanguydude February 3, 2017 at 5:05 am

    Scotty could change a head gasket in 4 minutes. Took me 5 days to change a clutch. He's the Chuck Norris of mechanics.

  14. Supernova12034 February 21, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    the steering doesnt shake, but i get this feedback/shake when i brake mildly hard

  15. Hugo Amézaga March 8, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Scott, you are a very uplifting person. I wish I had you as a friend when I needed car assistance.

    I have a 2005 Kia Sedona, but Haynes never came out with with their manual to assist me.

    I had to pay money to get the spark plugs changed. I think you know how crazy that is.

    Hugo Amezaga

  16. Ric Baez March 24, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    If the rotors have minor scoring should they be turned or replaced or left as is? I dont notice any steering wheel shake when I brake from 30 or 60 mph.

  17. BLUNTMONSTER713 PS4 April 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    hey Mr. Kilmer i wanted to say please never stop helping us mechanically inclined folks. youre the man.

  18. ildjer baron April 20, 2017 at 12:59 am

    I got a question. Do you really need to change your break pads if you have a warped rotor? I have 85% remaining in my break pads.

  19. Fernando Aramburo April 22, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Gracias amigo, thanks for your videos, very helpful

  20. Robin Sattahip May 16, 2017 at 1:33 am

    When is it OK just to change the pads, and when does the rotor need to be turned or replaced?

  21. Phil June 1, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Brake pedal pulsate all the time when I apply the brakes.What could it be?

  22. elemental868 June 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    will a warped rotor cause calipers to seize up when jamming on break.

  23. L-Dog The Great June 14, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Now if i just want to change my Rotors but not my Bake pads….do I always have to do them 2gether?

  24. Rusty Trambone June 23, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Too funny 😂 👌🏽👍🏽

  25. TheStyles4life July 13, 2017 at 2:46 am

    scotty is a paid actor lol .

  26. Sad Tul July 15, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Hey Scotty, I have a problem whit my brand new front rotors that has been warped AGAIN! What can I do to fix this issue. My mechanic couldn't figure it out either. The disc's and pad's are from Brembo. Car is a Mitsubishi Lancer Wagon whit new rear brake calipers. The discs and pads where just changed about 2000 km's ago. Please would like to hear some advice on this issue

  27. Henry Chuong July 16, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    I put on new rotors and now i feel like the wheels are out of balance. I went to the tire shop and got them balanced but i still get steering wheel vibrations at highway speeds. Any suggestions? I did not have this issue before the brake job.

  28. 242eagle July 20, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Hey Scotty I need your help, can you take a look at my vid of my 05 Honda van it's keeps shaking hard at highway speeds only brakes are applied. I have replaced front control arms and all tie rods inner and outer alignment, lower ball joint. A month before I had replaced brakes with bending ceramic pads and rotors. The 1 st night I took the car out to bed with in the brakes and It was perfectly smooth like how new pads and rotors are supposed too be. Please help thanks again, you've helped us out many times before over the years me and my family are forever grateful

  29. cory hunt September 9, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Damn he did the basics but forgot all the damn cleaning and lubing steps

  30. ArkadiosTheodulus October 3, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    I've barely put 10,000 miles on my Acura TL since buying it 3 years ago and the brakes were replaced shortly before I bought it, yet the Acura dealer told me I need to replace my rear brakes due to warping in order to pass state inspection. The brakes have continued to work fine and I haven't noticed any shakiness when braking. They quoted me over $500 and I said I'd get it done elsewhere. More and more I'm left suspicious of this dealer

  31. Walter 777 October 17, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    When I push the brakes the front car is shaking but not the steering wheel is that shaking coming from brakes?

  32. 913243cko October 24, 2017 at 4:55 am

    He never mentioned using proper torque to put the wheel on?

  33. Farhad Farkish November 4, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I love the way ur videos get started

  34. billy smith November 9, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    so i paid 500 dollars at a toyota dealer and this is what they did?

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  36. Knut December 21, 2017 at 10:03 am

    if you're still replying, what if my breaks are quite new but it shakes cause i messed up when changing a tire, should i just get them turned or replace them?

  37. Aluminum Cloud January 1, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Hey Scotty, can you send a link to those pliers you used to compress the caliper piston

  38. keith old bean January 9, 2018 at 10:06 am

    We call them brake discs in England …

  39. bloodypulp88 January 12, 2018 at 5:17 am

    lmao i loved how you came out of the trunk at the end xD

  40. Airitlis February 11, 2018 at 12:31 am

    That mini at the end is my car from Houston Texas 😂😂😂 love this guy he is so knowledgeable about his repairs and car stuff better than dealers 😂😂

  41. John smith March 2, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    my 93 honda accord has captive rotors :/ is there a special tool that would make removing them easiser?

  42. Bric-á-Brac VIDEOS and DIY MECHANICUS March 7, 2018 at 3:04 am

    You are awsome. I like your humor…

  43. Joseph Ribot March 9, 2018 at 11:28 am

    Love how you do your videos Scottie. You Rock!

  44. wisdom4life March 21, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    You didn't mention that we need to push in the pistons so that we can fit the new brake pads and caliper over the new rotor.

  45. J X7 April 5, 2018 at 4:24 am

    Do you think I can get away with just changing the front brake rotors and pads for now? Finances are a bit tight

  46. Buknoychii Fiocchii April 10, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Hahaha! 😂😂😂😂Man I love him when he do that! He squeezes in and suddenly coming out of a hatch door of a Minicooper. 😂😂😂 On his another video he does that too! He comes out of a garbage dump! 😂😂😂🤗

  47. ThePrivateJoker May 24, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Are torque specs important for brake jobs?

  48. Jyothis V.K May 30, 2018 at 5:53 am

    Hello Sir,
    i own a Toyota Camry 2012 SE 4I. when i drive my car over 120km/hr i feel a little constant vibration on the car as it continues to run on that speed. The vibration is really worse when i brake my car at that speed. When i brake my car at 60km/hr or below,i don't experience such vibrations.When i checked with a reputed repair shop, they said the brake pads and rotors seems to be fine. They suspect that the rotors might have a bend on it due to which the vibration occur. They have advised me to change all 4 rotors or send the rotors to a lathe shop to work on all 4 rotors. Your advise on such an issue will be really helpful as replacing all 4 rotors will be over a $1000.

  49. Musab Alnajem May 30, 2018 at 7:27 am

    Scotty i replace my rotor and pad with power stop kit but I still get vibration and sounds of vooo voo while braking

  50. First Last May 30, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    is there a need to get your rotors turned?

  51. Max S. June 8, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Love your channel. Thank you.

  52. David Reyes June 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Do you need to bleed te system or open the cap for the brake fuild compartment as you push in the piston?

  53. Robertas Viskupaitis June 18, 2018 at 11:22 am

    You forgot to mention to clean the grease off of break roaders…

  54. Ralph Will-I-Am June 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Hi Scotty _Do you know where I can get a 3.8L six cylinder engine for a '97 mustang with under 100,000 Miller s at a decent price. (Around $550 – $600) thank you.

  55. Brad Pietrzak June 30, 2018 at 1:12 am

    I keep getting bad mechanics. I moved to a new state and can't find a trustworthy one. It's cost me thousands of dollars allready

    So today I bought all my own tools. And I'm just going to fix my own stuff. Your videos are a godsend thank you so much with your content.

    I bought parts today and recall having a mechanic do this on my car before I'm doing rotors and brakes and master cylinder my sweethearts car and I crap you not the parts and tools I needed only cost me a third of what it would cost me to go to a mechanic and this stuff seems super simple not hard at all.

  56. nuster dom July 14, 2018 at 2:46 am

    Did you take the brake fluid cap off

  57. Old Iron July 14, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    I went through this two weeks go with my 2002 Honda Accord. I used a puller and ZEP 45 (break free) on one side and that with hammer hits from behind the rotor on the other. The biggest problem though was that my rotors had machine screws holding them onto the hubs. One I was able to drill out but the other my father used a blowtorch to melt it out. Later I was able to remove two of the screw shafts with a drill and drilling them out. *Honda uses these screws at the factory.

    I painted the center of my new Honda OEM rotors in the hope that the alloy rims won't stick and I plan to get my alloy rims powder coated since I live in the rust belt and they are flaking clear coat badly. I used some Never Seez greeze around the center of the hub before sliding the rotor on and I completely cleaned the hub with a wire wheel.

    I used Akebono pads (thank you Mr. Kilmer) and now, my car brakes easily, well, AND I have noticed a 3 mpg jump in mileage. I assume my old pads were sticking since my old rotors were badly grooved.

  58. Javan Kitchen July 23, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Can have drilled rotors turned?

  59. silverio Castilian August 14, 2018 at 4:55 am

    Nice trabajo jefe👌

  60. BRWfilms August 18, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Okay scotty dont let me down because i am lost on what rotors to buy

  61. S Scott August 25, 2018 at 6:25 am

    I love you your so dame helpful and Pleasant thank you

  62. Stanley Vo September 2, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Now I know change breaks rotor in pairs..! Thank you .

  63. adilyzer September 7, 2018 at 4:19 am

    I had terribly warped brake rotors. My mechanic replaced the rotors, but not the brake pads since they are in “excellent condition.” Everywhere I look, it says that pads should be changed as well since the pads probably have indecent wear and might eventually warp the new rotors as well. I think it’s stupid that he didn’t change something so inexpensive to have the best brakes. What do you think?

  64. Jef Rey September 14, 2018 at 7:13 am

    Dont forget to get that cosmoline off the rotor before install, otherwise you will have stinky smoke for the firts 5-10 miles.

  65. Freddie Slaughter September 20, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    Is it worth the money to install Bembo brakes and rotors?

  66. Andrew Reichert September 21, 2018 at 12:37 am

    Is it really this simple? I feel I can do this no problem with the help of this video

  67. Stacey Barbaro September 24, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Can u tell me what this issue is? My car is not going into gear smoothly from about 50-60mph and the rpms are obviously around 3-3.5rpms. When I step in the brake, the cars brakes are string and my steering wheel shakes sometimes vigorously. I have beake dust on my caliper. No burnt smell and no ABS light on. Seems like when I go on the highway it will lesson the amount of shaking and not going into gear. Is this a caliper problem or a rotar problem? Also is this something an amateur can do? How do I know its not engine but my brakes. Several people have told me that it's a stuck rotar and my tire isn't spinning as it should. Thanks very much for your help. Stacey

  68. Ken Mitchell September 28, 2018 at 6:53 am

    I bought new rotors and was told that even though they are new; I should get them turned. Does this make sense; seems to be a waste?

  69. Goofy Bri October 1, 2018 at 4:43 pm

    Are you f*cking kidding me? No brake job is this easy – NOT EVER! People – don't listen to this bullsh*t. It's been my experience that everything that can go wrong will and has gone wrong. The best tip that Scotty gave was squeezing the caliper closed enough to pull the rotor off. But I've had the auto parts store pull the wrong brake shoes, broken pistons, collapsed brake lines, stripped bolts, stubborn bolts, etc. There are many things that can go wrong here. Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

  70. Bryan Castaneda October 29, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    What if I just resurface them would that resolve the issue without replacing?

  71. Qais Mohammed November 5, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Is it a good idea to resurface the brake rotors instead of replacing them ??

  72. Zota X December 20, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    wow. this is easier than i originally thought.

  73. Gilbert Lopez December 23, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks,Scott. Your vids have saved me a ton of money on auto repairs. Plus, my girl thinks I know about cars nows.

  74. Luigi 1955 December 31, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Take a minute to coat the hub mating surface in anti seize the next rotor replacement will be very easy, no banging it comes right off. Been doing this for 20 years on Jeeps used in winter driving and on the beach so lots of salt exposure.

  75. Francisco Sánchez January 6, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Any brand in particular that you would recommend and how often would you replace your rotors?

  76. Mitch January 15, 2019 at 4:41 am

    What happened to greasing the slide pins???

  77. Laura Ltg January 21, 2019 at 3:01 am

    What are some of the best brake Rotors Scotty Kilmer as I am in the lookout for some as I know now akebono pads are good but what about rotors pls help for 2014 gmc Sierra

  78. 6RingzDaLacKing February 26, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    Is it the same for the back brake pads and rotors?

  79. Max Power March 2, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Scotty, are the cheaper Disc break kits from NAPA or O'REILY'S as good as OEM? GOD bless! March 1 2019

  80. Angel Cervantes March 6, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Scotty do a video on the best rotors

  81. Edwin Cortijo April 8, 2019 at 4:47 pm

    Can you kindly tell us What type of ROTORS are the best Drilled, Slotted, Solid ?

  82. James Walker April 15, 2019 at 9:57 pm

    Absolute legend!

  83. Ricky TJR April 27, 2019 at 9:48 pm

    Omg I was about to pay hundreds to have this done. Nope I will do it now

  84. Thrashing Rage May 3, 2019 at 3:28 am

    Hotdamn it that was FAST.
    No seriously, that really was fast.
    Thanks for the video.
    👍👍

  85. AwakeServant May 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    Mate ….. You are a legend. You need you're own show

  86. Douglas Marsh May 11, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    After reassembly of both sides, don't forget to pump the brake pedal. This will bring the pads to the brake discs. If you don't do this, the first time you use your brakes, the pedal will go to the floor.

  87. Diego González May 18, 2019 at 3:13 am

    "Dont abandon ship"😂😂😂

  88. Truman Square June 1, 2019 at 1:28 am

    I love you scotty

  89. Ivan Baez June 24, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Scotty has amazing video quality even 9 years ago

  90. CJ S June 26, 2019 at 4:59 am

    Scotty sniffing too much brake fluid again.

  91. Manson Royster July 22, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Hello Scotty, is there a brand/type of rotor you'd recommend these days? Thanks.

  92. Tommy Nguyen July 28, 2019 at 5:29 am

    Thanks Scotty.

  93. RexRoy August 23, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Why not rectify the rotors instead of buying new ones ?

  94. Natavia Brown September 4, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    So helpful

  95. Allen Nuttle September 14, 2019 at 12:51 am

    To avoid warped rotors in the first place, don't keep the brakes applied after a stop when they are hot — the pads can cause them to cool unevenly, which is a major cause of warping. Instead, if they are hot and you have to stop, either leave room in from of you and slowly roll forward (so the pads are not in one place the whole time), or put the car in neutral and use the parking brake.

  96. Okaythen001 September 16, 2019 at 4:41 am

    Rear brake bracket bolts (not caliper pins) This guy just hand tighten it with a 6 inch wrench, is that good enough? Focus ST

  97. O O September 20, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    And what if you change your rotors and brakes and your car still shakes when you're on the highway and when you break

  98. ROD VAN October 17, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Closing the piston aswell !

  99. Micro Drone Channel October 28, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Do you use oem rotors and pads?

  100. slooob23 November 6, 2019 at 11:18 pm

    Rev up your fu……. stuffed rotors!!!

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