How to Remove the Front Rotor on a 1988 Oldsmobile Delta 88

If you want your brakes to work properly on your Oldsmobile Delta 88, then you have to keep the rotors in good working condition. Damaged rotors must be machine smoothed, unless they are too thin. Installing new brake pads on your car with damaged rotors will prematurely wear the brake pads and they will have to be replaced. It only takes a few minutes to replace the brake rotors.

Tools Used: Automobile jack, Wheel chocks, Jack stand, Lug wrench, Turkey baster, Drain pan, Socket set, Wire ties

Remove Front Rotor

Park the car on a level surface and turn off its ignition. Open and secure the hood.

Locate the brake fluid reservoir in the engine compartment and remove two-thirds of the brake fluid from the master cylinder using the turkey baster and drain pan. Recycle the brake fluid. Do not reuse it.

Place a set of chocks behind the rear wheels. Loosen the wheel's lug nuts with a lug wrench. Raise the Oldsmobile using the automobile jack. Place a jack stand under the car near the jacking point and raise it to the frame.

Remove the lug nuts with the lug wrench and wheel from the Delta 88. Loosen the retaining bolts on the brake caliper with a socket and ratchet. Pull the caliper off the mounting bracket. Secure it to the strut using a wire tie. If you allow it to hang loose, you will damage the brake line.

Pull the rotor off the wheel assembly and put the new one in its place. Clip the wire tie holding the caliper to the strut with the pliers and reinstall the caliper on the wheel assembly. Tighten the caliper retaining bolts with the socket and ratchet. Replace the wheel and lug nuts on the Oldsmobile.

Remove the jack stand from under the Delta 88 and lower the vehicle to the ground. Fully tighten the lug nuts on the wheel with the lug wrench.

Tips & Warnings

Do not disconnect the brake line from the caliper unless you are going to put on a new one. After removing the brake line, you cannot reuse it.

Brake pads create dust as they wear, which may contain asbestos fibers. Never sand or grind brake pad linings and wash thoroughly when the project is complete.

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