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#4570207 - 11/10/17 06:23 PM I forgot a simple step when changing rotors.....
Tlhfirelion Offline


Registered: 10/03/12
Posts: 157
Loc: Missouri, USA
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!

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#4570209 - 11/10/17 06:25 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion]
simple_gifts Offline


Registered: 07/26/04
Posts: 11945
Loc: Middlesex County CT
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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#4570213 - 11/10/17 06:31 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion]
JLawrence08648 Offline


Registered: 01/20/17
Posts: 235
Loc: NJ
Depends how greasy your hands were, for the most part some smudges, little oil, wouldn't worry, it will burn or rub off.

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#4570215 - 11/10/17 06:33 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: simple_gifts]
Tlhfirelion Offline


Registered: 10/03/12
Posts: 157
Loc: Missouri, USA
4 piston, and there were no instructions, just rotors. I don't recall ever having instructions for rotors. lol

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#4570216 - 11/10/17 06:34 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: JLawrence08648]
Tlhfirelion Offline


Registered: 10/03/12
Posts: 157
Loc: Missouri, USA
I was wearing black mechanic gloves (ringers) so not greasy but some minor stuff. Thanks for the replies.

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#4570227 - 11/10/17 06:51 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion]
blupupher Offline


Registered: 08/27/04
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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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#4570231 - 11/10/17 06:55 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion]
Timo325 Offline


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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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#4570235 - 11/10/17 06:58 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Timo325]
Tlhfirelion Offline


Registered: 10/03/12
Posts: 157
Loc: Missouri, USA
copy that! Thank you.

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#4570237 - 11/10/17 06:58 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: blupupher]
Tlhfirelion Offline


Registered: 10/03/12
Posts: 157
Loc: Missouri, USA
I have a long drive tomorrow so it should work itself out after that then. Thank you.

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#4570243 - 11/10/17 07:06 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion]
kschachn Offline


Registered: 12/26/05
Posts: 9403
Loc: Upper Midwest
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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#4570300 - 11/10/17 08:14 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion]
Danno Offline


Registered: 10/07/12
Posts: 1991
Loc: Northern Ontario, Canada
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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#4570325 - 11/10/17 09:06 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion]
Jaymus Offline


Registered: 05/11/07
Posts: 1266
Loc: Tennessee
Well, if it makes you feel better, I've never cleaned off my rotors on anything lol.
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#4570375 - 11/10/17 10:13 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion]
bbhero Offline


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Loc: Virginia
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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#4570384 - 11/10/17 10:19 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion]
HoosierJeeper Offline


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You're fine.
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#4570393 - 11/10/17 10:40 PM Re: I forgot a simple step when changing rotors..... [Re: Tlhfirelion]
StevieC Offline


Registered: 08/21/08
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Loc: Ontario, Canada
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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