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    Hi All,

    I was wondering if anyone could offer me some good ideas on how to remove a very stubborn front brake disc !

    I have replaced the off side disc and pad without any hassle, moved around to do the near side, removed the caliper, carrier and disc retaining screw, and despite using some mild violence onto the disc using my dead blow hammer, lump hammer, and finally my hub puller, the disc will not budge.

    I have soaked it in wd and will be leaving it overnight to soak in ready for round 2 in the morning.

    Does anyone have any other ideas ? I've had discs that needed a little gentle persuasion but nothing like this before !

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    Big hammer!

    It'll either lossen off or smash into pieces and fall off, I had to do that with a freelander I changed discs on

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    On the disks I've changed, they either come off straight away (because the last fitter used copper grease on the hub) or they require heavy violence - mild violence won't cut it. I have heard that there's a possibility of damage to the hub that way, but I don't know if that's just talk.

    I've also heard (but never tried myself) that on some cars there's an extra hole in the disk, with threads cut into it, just like the holes for the wheel bolts to go through, but the purpose of this extra one is to screw in a wheel bolt and the tip of it will be forced against the hub, thus forcing the disk off. I can't remember if Vec-Cs have this or not.

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    If you have access to a hot air gun or blow lamp..try a bit of heat on it bud,and then use the persuader Big Hammer.

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    definitely use some heat.

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    try cutting striaght down through with a hack saw and then hit it hard as you can with the biggest hammer you have.

    or try heat

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    i had to use a lump hammer on one of mates on his pass side thought going to smash the hub the way it was welded on ... give it a few hard wacks the turn disc 180 deg and repeat it will come off in the end

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    Agreed... on my old cougar I snapped the disk with a big Landrover Disk puller... so resorted to hours of violence. Its only when I got the big hammer to it and risked the car falling off the axle stands onto my 'fat sward of a heed' that it finally broke free!

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    Well I've spent another day attacking the disc with my lump hammer and it hasn't budged a mm. I haven't got a torch to hand to try heating it up, and the only other way I can think of getting the ****ing thing off is by cutting the disc, however I don't want to risk damaging the hub (as it's a sealed unit I dread to think how much VX would charge for a new hub assby)

    I'm going to have to bite the bullet and speak to my local garage to see if they can do something with it asap.

    Thanks guys for your suggestions, it's much appreciated

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    Where abouts are you mate I the midlands? I'll be passing that are tomorrow and two people might be better than one...

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