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Old 03-13-2014, 04:06 PM   #1
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Handbrake not holding the car

I bought my 318 recently and noticed that the parking brake was not very good. So whilst i was chaging the rear discs and pads i thought i would adjust them properly at the wheel end. I tightened the adjusters as far as they go, then tightened the slack off under the hand brake but it still will not hold on most inclines. If it does hold, it will only do so on the highest click.

I had a little look at the shoes whilst the discs were off and they seemed fine. Car has only done 65k miles too so i dont think they can be worn out.

This leaves me to thing there is an issue elsewhere possibly? Any help would be much appreicated
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Old 03-13-2014, 07:05 PM   #2
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Adjustment is done both at the wheels and also at the lever inside. Pull the leather boot away from console and tighten your nuts.

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Old 03-14-2014, 02:45 AM   #3
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As explain in my OP, ive already done that. The adjusters in the car are wound so far out i can now only just get a deep socket on them.
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Old 03-14-2014, 02:55 AM   #4
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Sorry I did not see you'd done that. Maybe there's a stretched-cable solution.
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Old 03-14-2014, 03:00 AM   #5
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Thats what im thinking now, is there any way to check the state of the cables? If i hold the button and pull the handbrake up, i can hear a quite audible squeak from one side of the car by the rear wheel. Not sure if this is usual
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Old 03-15-2014, 01:04 AM   #6
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The cables themselves are covered and i doubt you would be able to see anything by looking at them. If you have done the maximum adjustment on both ends, either something is not installed correctly, or the cable is stretched. I would check the rear wheel to make sure everything is on there correctly and the shoe/pad things isn't completely shot. If everything is good, you should be able to find one for fairly cheap. i have an extra set but you are in the UK and not sure how much shipping would be
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