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  1. 318i se: Replacing/repairing handbrake cable 
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    I have noticed when changing my wheels that the handbrake cable has gone on the offside. When I lifted the trim around the handbrake this is what I found...



    Then that this part is loose (assuming it actually is my handbrake cable )...



    I know that sometimes manufacturers make these in a couple of pieces. Basically I just would like any tips/help with putting a new cable in. Is there any difficult parts? Any specialist tools?

    Thanks in advance
     
     

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    If that is loose then you probably have a snapped hand brake cable.

    You need to get under the car and have a look, starting with the driver side

    Have a read here... http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/tech...Adjustment.htm It's for an E36 but same principal

    http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...68&hg=34&fg=30
     
     

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    Thanks for that, I know what I'm doing generally with cars but like to get stocked up on info first lol.

    Is the handbrake cable in a housing or anything? ie Should I be able to find it easily?
     
     

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    Have a look here also for handbrake adjustment. http://www.csfrancis.net/BMW/pbdiy.pdf.

    You really should remove the drivers side rear disc and check the cable has snapped, as it could be something is seized. So you may get a cable for nothing.
     
     

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