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I have a 2000 Elantra S/W with 91,000 miles that needs the brake rotors replaced. How hard are they to replace?

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I don't know about the '00, on my '97 the rotors are "captive," which means that they are sandwiched between the hub and the knuckle. There is no way to remove them without removing the hub and bearing assembly from the knuckle, which means that the bearings have to be replaced afterward, and this all should be done by a qualified machine shop equipped with a hydraulic press to press the hub out and in, which means that you'll also need to disassemble the entire knuckle from the ball joint, strut, and tie rod so you can take it to the machine shop.

As an alternative, if all you need to do is to re-surface the rotors, you can look for a shop that has an "on-car-lathe," which means that they can re-surface the rotors without removing them from the car. This costs more than regular resurfacing with removable rotors, but it's a lot cheaper than rebuilding the bearings. A local shop here does it for $65 per rotor with the on-car lathe, as opposed to $15 for regular rotors.
 

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Model year 2000 does not have captive rotors. If these are the factory-installed rotors, you may have issues removing the philips-head placement screw used to hold the rotors steady during manufacturing. It's perfectly fine to destroy the screws upon removal if you must, since they aren't necessary anyway.

Be sure to check the operation of each caliper, and install good quality brake pads while you are there. The hardest part of this job is raising the car to place it on jack stands to remove the wheel.
 
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