Replacing Front Brake Dust Shields
I've got a 2011 DC, and I was coming home from work the other day and pulled into my neighborhood hearing a terrible grinding/scraping sound. Popped off the driver front wheel, and discovered that the dust shield had begun to rust away, and a fairly good size "chunk" of it had wedged itself against the rotor and that was the source of the sound. That being said, it was easy enough to bend the shield away a little and get the chunk out of there, as well as shake out some other pieces that were ready to do the same thing.
This brings me to my question, how much of a PITA is it to replace these shields? Is it even worth doing? I realize I'm going to have to take the entire hub apart to get new shields in there, and these dang things cost more than rotors do for a stamped piece of sheet metal. I did find on a Tacoma forum where a guy had actually taken new shields and sliced them directly in half, repainted them, and then installed them so he only needed to loosen things up enough to slide them in and then tighten it back down without tearing the hub apart. It's an interesting idea, but I don't know if this concept would work on a Tundra, or if it's worth trying to chop brand new $100 parts (each) in half only to potentially ruin them.
I'm going to be replacing the pads and rotors soon anyhow, so I'll be working on them, I am just not looking forward to tearing apart the hubs in the process.
Any advice would be appreciated.
2011 Sr5 DC