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  1. 1993 E36 320i - Handbrake Cable Removal help 
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    Hi all, I have a 320i Coupe 1993. The handbrake is virtually none existent ! I have had brand new rear shoes fitted inside the disc, Tried the adjustment technique but still terrible, I have noticed underneath the handbrake gaiter the drivers side cable looks way more adjusted than the other so im presuming the cables are stretched ( or at least one of them) So looks like i need to change them, Went to local scrappy today but can't seem to find out how the cable comes off the car where it goes into the rear hub, Any ideas ?? Thanks in advance.
     
     

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    The cable is a snug fit usually in the rear of the hub, will be rusted in there,

    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...39&hg=34&fg=30

    Have you checked the cable is attached properly in the drum set up?

    How far does the handbrake come up?

    And were the inside of the drums rusty? if yes then this will be why your handbrake is poor and not holding.
     
     

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    Hi thanks for the prompt reply, Yes the cables seem attached fine, The Handbrake does travel quite high up, however i can adjust so it maybe only has a few clicks but then the handbrake binds, Just won't seem to hold at all as though there's grease in the drums but they are clean !!
     
     

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    What make were the rear shoes? if they were really cheap jobbies then I've had problems with them.

    Otherwise it will probably want drums,

    Take the drums off and check the pivots here, number 5, http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...39&hg=34&fg=30

    They should move freely, when looking inside the pivot(number 5) you should see the inner part is all the way back and against the outer part of number 5, there is a little bit of metal that acts as a stop, check this is all the way back and then try adjusting up the handbrake slightly till the stop is JUST nearly ready to come off the stop, then check the adjustment of the shoes.
     
     

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    Cheers for the help Ronnie, The drums are not that old to be honest ( About 2000 miles), I understand all your saying however would new cables simply just cure my troubles ?? One certainly is stretched as someone has bodged it with nuts to take up slack. What i mean is new cables are certainly needed so if i just replace the cables then look deeper if i still have the same trouble ? I just couldn't work out how the cables attached to the back of the drum, Obviously now you sent me the image of the exploded view they do tend to rust in. Plenty of WD maybe left to soak
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaundolphin View Post
    Cheers for the help Ronnie, The drums are not that old to be honest ( About 2000 miles), I understand all your saying however would new cables simply just cure my troubles ?? One certainly is stretched as someone has bodged it with nuts to take up slack. What i mean is new cables are certainly needed so if i just replace the cables then look deeper if i still have the same trouble ? I just couldn't work out how the cables attached to the back of the drum, Obviously now you sent me the image of the exploded view they do tend to rust in. Plenty of WD maybe left to soak
    New cables will help, let us know how you get on by updating this thread,
     
     

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    I'll update here after fitting the new cables, Thanks again
     
     

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    Fitted new cables today and still the same ;( The drivers side cable seems to appear to be too long !!!! However i know its the correct cable. I have had to insert 2 nuts to take up the slack on the cable !! The passenger side is adjusted and works fine but cannot for the life of me get the drivers side to hold and can't find an answer as to why the cable seems to be too long.
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    This is just a guess mate but my o/s/r handbrake is pretty weak and only the left side locks and holds. (had same problem in my e36 320 coupe + same prob in my e36 vert)

    e36's aren't the best for handbrakes so leave it in gear when you park and just adjust them if your going in for an MOT
     
     

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    Have you tried pulling up on the handbrake and then trying to turn the wheel by hand while it is in the air?
     
     

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