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Old 07-24-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Parking brake

Car in question is a 2004 330ci ZHP with 55,000 miles.

My parking brake handle is pulled all the way to the top before I get any braking. It won't hold on a hill and I can hear it slipping.

I've read the adjustment procedure in the Bentley manual.

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1) These brakes do Not self-adjust. Correct?
2) Can the brake pads be checked for wear/condition without pulling the disk/hub? (Prior owner may have done something stupid like drive with the brake on).
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #2
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1) These brakes do Not self-adjust. Correct?
Yes, you are correct. They are not self-adjust.

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2) Can the brake pads be checked for wear/condition without pulling the disk/hub? (Prior owner may have done something stupid like drive with the brake on).
Cannot. You need to remove the rotor to verify the condition.

Having said that, there are 2 ways to adjust parking brake.
One by parking brake shoe, and the other by hand brake.

Try tight them in both place and go from there.
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #3
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They don't self adjust. Since they're not adjusted now, if you're worried about the shoes take a wheel off, pull the caliper and rotor and look. However, my guess is that no one readjusted them after a rear brake job. Perform the adjustment and you'll likely be good.

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Old 07-24-2013, 08:30 PM   #4
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Yes, you are correct. They are not self-adjust.


Cannot. You need to remove the rotor to verify the condition.

Having said that, there are 2 ways to adjust parking brake.
One by parking brake shoe, and the other by hand brake.

Try tight them in both place and go from there.
+1.

You can just do the adjustment and see if that cures the problem, odds are excellent that the adjustment will fix it. If the adjustment does not fix it, then no harm no foul. Just get new pads for the parking brake and install them. Then, readjust as needed.
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