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So I did a four wheel brake job on the wife's 2016 EX sedan this afternoon. Didn't really NEED to do the rears, but CarID had a good price on a four wheel kit - rotors pads and hardware all the way around, so what the hey. Alas, what should've been what, an hour and a half job (including stretch breaks 'cause it's no fun sitting out on the cold concrete all afternoon :) ) morphed into a nearly four hour struggle thanks to seized up retainer screws on all four rotors. HOO BOY.
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DEAR HONDA: We underSTAND why you put those little retainer screws in the rotors - so the discs don't fall off the cars as they roll down the assembly line. But really, once you've got the calipers and pads installed, you don't need those screws any more. So please Please PLEASE for the sanity of mechanics everywhere, TAKE OUT THE [bad words redacted] SCREWS! It'd take just a few seconds to buzz 'em out right before you install the wheels/tires. But you'd save a bazillion mechanics a bazillion heartaches down the road.

Ah well. The new rotors DO look pretty sweet, tho, don't they? :D
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Yeah, I coulda done a better job cleaning the calipers and brackets but it was cold out and by the time I got to the rears it was getting pretty dark. :D
 

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Can't wait for the latest installment of the debate amongst the members about whether those screws are really necessary or not....
 
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With a #3 JIS screwdriver or bit, they come out fairly easily. The key here is "JIS". It looks like a Phillips but is not!
No, they don't. I'm very familiar with JIS bits as I have Japanese motorcycles. A frozen bolt is a frozen bolt.
 

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The indisputable truth is that they are unnecessary and are only useful on the assembly line. Think about it: if they are indeed the retainer of your rotor FoR eXtRa sAfEtY, your wheel has already come off and you are no less screwed (pun intended).

Your wheel, properly torqued, holds everything together where it needs to be.
 

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So I did a four wheel brake job on the wife's 2016 EX sedan this afternoon. Didn't really NEED to do the rears, but CarID had a good price on a four wheel kit - rotors pads and hardware all the way around, so what the hey. Alas, what should've been what, an hour and a half job (including stretch breaks 'cause it's no fun sitting out on the cold concrete all afternoon :) ) morphed into a nearly four hour struggle thanks to seized up retainer screws on all four rotors. HOO BOY. View attachment 546311

DEAR HONDA: We underSTAND why you put those little retainer screws in the rotors - so the discs don't fall off the cars as they roll down the assembly line. But really, once you've got the calipers and pads installed, you don't need those screws any more. So please Please PLEASE for the sanity of mechanics everywhere, TAKE OUT THE [bad words redacted] SCREWS! It'd take just a few seconds to buzz 'em out right before you install the wheels/tires. But you'd save a bazillion mechanics a bazillion heartaches down the road.

Ah well. The new rotors DO look pretty sweet, tho, don't they? :D
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Yeah, I coulda done a better job cleaning the calipers and brackets but it was cold out and by the time I got to the rears it was getting pretty dark. :D
I gonna let ever know the easiest and simplest way to remove these rotor screws 100% , you don鈥檛 need any special tool or anything, all you have to do is put back the lug nut next to the screw you want to remove and tighten it, this will release any pressure on the screw and simply unscrew the screw, this trick was taught to me at the dealership, you do this once you will never ever have anymore issue removing these screws, 2 things you will want to do before doing this is spray we-40 or whatever on the screw and once the lug nut is tighten give a good wack with a hammer on the rotor. God bless
 

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With a #3 JIS screwdriver or bit, they come out fairly easily. The key here is "JIS". It looks like a Phillips but is not!
They would come out easier with torx head screws. Or the head would shear off and we'd move directly on to the drilling. Either way.
 

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What brand are the rotors and the pads? Do you notice any difference in braking?
 

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... morphed into a nearly four hour struggle thanks to seized up retainer screws on all four rotors. HOO BOY...
DEAR mrz80:
If you think the screws are unnecessary, why did it take you that long?
With a drill (slightly larger than the threaded post), you can DRILL OFF the head (just the head) of the screw to free the rotor in 30 seconds. Next time, try that, instead of spending hours trying to do the extraction.

Honda leaves screws there or not doesn't make a lot of difference after all.
 

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Yes, the screws are pretty soft metal, so they drill out pretty easy. I like the screws because they hold the rotors on while I do brake work, and there is less chance of something falling between the hub and rotor, causing issues later on. I use a craftsman impact driver now that I have one, and it works every time. If not the drill and a 1/4" bit make quick work of them.
 
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