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I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... #4570207
11/10/17 06:23 PM
11/10/17 06:23 PM
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Missouri, USA
Tlhfirelion Offline OP
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I changed out the 2 front rotors and brake pads on my 2001 Sequoia today. I was so proud of myself. It's all tidied up in the drive, the suns gone down and as I was just standing in the shower, it dawned on me I forgot to clean the rotors before putting them on. I even bedded the brake pads and stopped just short of high fixing myself for a job well done. lol How big a deal is this? I've never forgotten to do that before just because I heard you need to do so before hand. I never knew how vital that step is. I'm leaving before dawn in the morning and was planning to drive it. Any feedback from the late night crew is appreciated.

Thanks!

Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion] #4570209
11/10/17 06:25 PM
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Middlesex County CT
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did you read the rotor installation guide; IIRC my !echo! rotors required no cleaning.

OT:do you have the 1 or 2 piston calipers; i believe they were redesigned in the early 2000s.


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Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion] #4570213
11/10/17 06:31 PM
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Depends how greasy your hands were, for the most part some smudges, little oil, wouldn't worry, it will burn or rub off.

Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: simple_gifts] #4570215
11/10/17 06:33 PM
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Missouri, USA
Tlhfirelion Offline OP
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4 piston, and there were no instructions, just rotors. I don't recall ever having instructions for rotors. lol

Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: JLawrence08648] #4570216
11/10/17 06:34 PM
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Missouri, USA
Tlhfirelion Offline OP
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I was wearing black mechanic gloves (ringers) so not greasy but some minor stuff. Thanks for the replies.

Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion] #4570227
11/10/17 06:51 PM
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If you have driven it, nothing to do.

Cleaning them before use will get any anti corrosion stuff off them, as well as any dirt and stuff from the install.
The "damage" has already been done, which will be minimal.
You may notice it does not stop as well as you think is should for a few miles, but it will all work itself out within 100 miles or so (if you notice any problem at all).


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Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion] #4570231
11/10/17 06:55 PM
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My opinion is that it's really a non issue these days, unless it was actually dirty..

Last set of rotors I put on, I just wiped them clean and mounted them. Then again I'm no pro thumbsup

I'm confident you should be just fine.


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Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Timo325] #4570235
11/10/17 06:58 PM
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Missouri, USA
Tlhfirelion Offline OP
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copy that! Thank you.

Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: blupupher] #4570237
11/10/17 06:58 PM
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Missouri, USA
Tlhfirelion Offline OP
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I have a long drive tomorrow so it should work itself out after that then. Thank you.

Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion] #4570243
11/10/17 07:06 PM
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Upper Midwest
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The last two or three sets of rotors I bought all said to put them on with no cleaning. Not to say that's the same for your brand but it seems a common thing nowadays.


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Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion] #4570300
11/10/17 08:14 PM
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You will be fine, sleep well tonight.
I remember I had a co. car in the 80s, and new brakes were installed. They felt like [censored] so brought it back to the Midas....
I guess they didn't clean the rotors. The mechanic drove it around a large parking lot for a few minutes with the brake applied. They worked fine after that and the car went back on a lease return, brakes worked well.


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Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion] #4570325
11/10/17 09:06 PM
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Well, if it makes you feel better, I've never cleaned off my rotors on anything lol.


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Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion] #4570375
11/10/17 10:13 PM
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Virginia
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I know my Duralast Gold rotors were ready to put on right out of the box. No cleaning necessary. I bet your rotors had the same circumstance has well.


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Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion] #4570384
11/10/17 10:19 PM
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You're fine.


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Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion] #4570393
11/10/17 10:40 PM
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ON, Canada eh?
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ON, Canada eh?
As long as it isn't the heavily greased ones (Not sure they even sells these any longer), you are fine.


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