Brake Upgrade with Frozen Rotors – Rear

The rear brake upgrade is a little more complicated because the parking brake needs to be dealt with.

Read end jacked

I first jacked the rear of the FJ up and with the jack stands in place I removed the wheels from both sides. Removal of the rear requires that the parking brake pad be loosened using the adjustment for the pads. If this step is not completed the rotors will bind on the pads while being pulled.

Bolts being used to free rotor

With the PB pads loosened I removed the calipers and used 2 bolts to break the rotor free. I used brake cleaner to clean the parking brakes and then installed the new rotors. The calipers need to be spread to allow space for the new pads which were installed using brake lube  to reduce the change of squeal.

Parking braked cleaned and inspected

Parking brake cleaned and inspected

With the calipers reinstalled I adjusted the park brake using the factory recommended specs and then reinstalled the wheels.

The replacement of the real rotors to about 45 minutes.



Tomas has lived in Colorado since age 5. Having grown up on the Western Slope of Colorado lots of time was spent in the Desert Southwest. Tomas' father introduced him to the love of 4 wheeling at an early age in the high mountains around Aspen, Colorado. While an avid Mountain Biker, Tomas and his Family enjoy adventures in the mountains and desert in the remote locations that can only be reached by 4wd. Day hikes are always a must when on the family trips. While enjoying outdoor activities he wants to share his love as a certified 4wd trainer and ski instructor. Tomas also enjoys caving and cave exploration. Tomas currently resides in Colorado Springs. 

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