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Any gotchas before I do the brakes on my 2016 6 GT?

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I absolutely detest doing brake jobs. In my life I've done brake jobs on the following:
  • 81 626
  • 04 Mazda 6
  • 96 Miata

- and maybe my 92 Saturn SL, don't remember for sure.

Every single time the job has been a nightmare.

But this summer I've been spending far, far too much money and I need to try and save wherever I can, so I'm considering doing the front brakes on my 6 myself instead of giving my mechanic the job.

Are there any 'gotchas' I need to worry about? I recall on my Miata there is something about needing to back out a piston with an allen wrench instead of just pushing on it, for example.

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Clean the surface of the hub where the rotor makes contact before you install the new rotor. If you have a wire brush you can put in a drill that works well, if not 220 grit sandpaper works fine, just takes longer. If you don't do this you can get a vibration when applying the brakes similar to a warped rotor. (yes I know that's an inaccurate term but everybody knows it)
I prefer to go a step up on rotors, looking for coated ones, and scuffing the coating will expose the iron, promoting rust which I imagine will fuse to the buffed hub as well.
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