1999 E36 328 - Handbrake not holding :(

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  1. 1999 E36 328 - Handbrake not holding :( 
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    Model of Car:
    328i
    Year of Manufacture:
    1999
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    Hi Members,

    I am new to the forums been looking around for some time and took the plunge on a 1999 328i, everything is in mint condition but my handbrake does not hold :(

    any idea on what needs to be done? feel like there is a fair bit of resistance but will not hold until its nearly vertical :(
     
     

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    You will need to inspect the condition of your handbrake shoes within the rear discs first. If they are worn, then you will need to replace and adjust your handbarake. If they are ok, then you will need to re-adjust your handbrake.

    Procedure below to adjust handbrake:

    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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