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Old 11-08-2016, 11:44 PM   #1
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Odd brake issue

Hi all.

I left my '03 325i Touring parked for three weeks while I went on a business trip.

When I got in the car to drive it, it wouldn't move - is if it were in Park and the hand brake engaged. I checked. I was in reverse. The hand brake was off.


I tried Drive. Then Reverse. Several times. Eventually the car began to move.

If I applied the brakes while driving, I heard a chattering sound that lasted briefly after removing my foot from the brake pedal. In the six days since I have been driving the car again, that sound has gone away.

What has not gone away is...

If the car is rolling forward slowly and I pull the hand brake handle, the right rear corner drops significantly. If the car is rolling backwards slowly the same action causes the left rear corner to drop.

Searching didn't turn up anything like this! Thoughts?


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Old 11-09-2016, 07:34 AM   #2
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You likely have an issue with the parking brake pads sticking to the drums in the rear rotors. Here's a diagram from realoem: http://www.realoem.com/bmw/enUS/show...diagId=34_0768.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:15 AM   #3
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The parking brake worked fine from day-to-day and even after a four-day weekend to the UK. So, I have no idea how long it actually had to sit to lock up. Now, that won't matter anyway. Other than the parking brakes, there was still life left on all four corners. However, I had already bought the parts not knowing what things would look like.

The parking brakes were a mess. On the right side, the pins that hold the shoes in place appear to have come loose. One wheel at a time I took things apart, cleaned, and reassembled with the new parts. The car stops properly. The handbrake handle doesn't move as far as before. I can put the car in Drive with the parking brakes on and stays still. I'm happy.

The valve cover gasket is the next project. Not sure what comes after that...
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