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Changing brakes and rotors 2010 Mazda 6

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Hi all,

I’m at the point where my rotors are so warped when I brake my car shakes. I had the rotors and brakes changed out last year, my roommate is saying that I brake too hard. Anyway I heard some grinding tonight when I was almost home from work. It didn’t grind the whole time but I heard it a couple of times braking. I was wondering who actually replaces their own rotors and brakes and if it’s hard. I have never done anything major myself to my car so I’m a little nervous. I have all the tools to repair this I just need the rotors and brake pads. I just haven’t done this ever in my life and was wondering if it’s worth it to try to do myself or take to mechanic who happens to be next door.

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Pretty much everyone that has responded here is right on. The only thing I have to add is , if you do it yourself, there is no need to replace the taper head "Phillips" head rotor retaining screws. Leave those out as the rotor will be clamped flush when the lug nuts are torqued. I use an impact driver and #3 Phillips to remove any rotor screws that may already be installed.

Some of the products that I use are pictured below. There is the rear caliper tool, rubber seal grease, caliper pins lubricant, anti-seize for the flange to inner hat face and brake fluid to remove water from the lines.
If you do it, do one side at a time so you always have a reference of how it goes back together. Good luck.


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