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Old 12-25-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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Question Parking brake adjusment

hey guys is there a DIY for parking brake adjustment i searched for it and there was nothing. i live on a hill and my parking brake doesnt fully grab when i pull the brake all the way up.so i was wondering if there is a DIY for the adjustment?
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Old 12-25-2009, 09:22 PM   #2
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i'm interested in learning about this one; i'd like for mine to grab a bit more as well. i took it to the dealer to have some work done (still under warranty.. yes!) and they said seven 'clicks' meets BMW standards and that nothing was wrong with it.
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Old 12-26-2009, 03:07 AM   #3
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Here's a quick write up from memory. Search, it's here. I don't feel like doing the work for you.

Take off ebrake boot
Loosen the 2 nuts (one is left-thread)
Take off the rear wheels
Take off the calipers
Take off the rotor
See the brake cylinder? turn it so it expands
Put rotor back on, spin it, should move and then stop once you let go
Replace calipers and wheels
Tighten 2 nuts
Replace e brake boot
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Old 12-26-2009, 09:28 AM   #4
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A buddy of mine actually adjusted mine for me. He was driving my car and parked it in his steep driveway and was like geez man you gotta pull this thing so far up...he took my ebrake boot off and within 1 minute my ebrake only clicks the most 3 times and its grabs like nobodys business! Ill ask him what he tightened for ya.
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Old 12-26-2009, 12:56 PM   #5
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thnx alot guy im gonna give that a shot today
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Old 12-26-2009, 02:16 PM   #6
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Here's a pretty good DIY:

http://www.csfrancis.net/BMW/pbdiy.pdf
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Old 12-26-2009, 06:31 PM   #7
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so i just adjusted my parking brake and its good and new now thanks for the help
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Old 04-30-2010, 06:30 AM   #10
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if your car is like mine it wont last long. i adjusted mine about 2 months ago and it would hold on a hill on the 3-4th click. Now its gone right back to having to pull it up all the way again.

anyways heres a great link that led me through the steps:
http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/tech...Adjustment.htm
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