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  1. 1997 E36 328i - Handbrake Adjustment 
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    Im going to try to adjust my handbrake 2day or 2moro.

    Has anyone got any advice on how to adjust my handbrake. Lost time i did the handbrake in the drums i think i did it wrong as i losed my shoes of yesurday and the car seems to be pulling a lot better.

    At the mo i havent got a handbrake.

    Any advice please???
     
     

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    Sorry my car is a 328I 1997.
     
     

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    Discs at the back I presume?
     
     

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    yeah mate they are discs.
     
     

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    Procedure below:

    1. Lift parking hand brake boot out of the console. While holding cables stationary, loosen parking brake cable nuts until parking cables are completely slack.
    2. Raise rear of car making sure it is firmly supported on jacks.
    3. Remove one wheel bolt for each rear wheel. Turn wheel until the bolt hole lines up with the parking brake adjuster (approximately 65 degrees to rear of wheel centreline).
    4. Using a screwdriver, turn adjuster to expand brake shoes until wheel can no longer turn, then back adjuster off. Repeat procedure for other wheel.
    5. Working inside the car, work set parking brake several times to seat the cable. Tighten cable adjusting nuts until it is just possible to turn rear wheels with slight resistance.
    6. Release brake lever and make sure wheels turn freely.
    7. Turn on ignition and make sure brake light comes on as soon as lever is pulled.
    8. Install parking brake lever boot. Install wheel bolts and set car back on the ground.
     
     

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    cheers for that. i was gonna post up the same question but no need now.
     
     

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    cheers for that mate. Will have a go 2morro. Will let u now how it goes.
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
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    3. Remove one wheel bolt for each rear wheel. Turn wheel until the bolt hole lines up with the parking brake adjuster (approximately 65 degrees to rear of wheel centreline).
    4. Using a screwdriver, turn adjuster to expand brake shoes until wheel can no longer turn, then back adjuster off. Repeat procedure for other wheel.

    A picture to help
     
     

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    hiya there all, still havin problems with the handbreak. it does not wanna hold on a big hill. i have put new cable, shoes and springs on the shoes and it does not wanna hold. wot i was thinking of doing is takein the car to a big hill and adjusted the nuts in the car till it holds. but im going to have to do the nuts really tight will that be ok?
    thanks all
     
     

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    i was changing my handbreak pads just recently. what happened was i had to drive with a handbreak on to make the pads fit my car discs (not too tight just for surface to polish and fit my disk). then i bolted cable to arround half way till my handbreak did only like 2-4 ticks.then i adjusted the other side to do same ticks (what i mean in ticks is that handbreak ticks 2 times and u can do no more)(you need to unbolt the other side to adjust the other one properly). after i was done handbreak test showed 3% difference

    the other thing what happened is that the mount where pads mount and the cable it might be rusty. so it makes handbreak work bad or not work at all. make sure u clean it with WD40 and it works smooth before putting everything together

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