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Old 11-08-2009, 01:20 PM   #1
lilcartman
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Angry Handbrake seized!!!

I have a 2001 325i sport which has been on the drive for about 7-8 month. Now i need it back on the road, i find the nearside hand brake wont relese.
I have put it in forward and reverse and tried to move it but it wont. I put it up on axle stands (offside is free btw) striped calipers down just to make sure that was'nt the cause, I can't see anything through the holes (to secure the wheel) that would relese it any help appreciated

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Old 11-14-2009, 05:14 PM   #2
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I have a 2001 325i sport which has been on the drive for about 7-8 month. Now i need it back on the road, i find the nearside hand brake wont relese.
I have put it in forward and reverse and tried to move it but it wont. I put it up on axle stands (offside is free btw) striped calipers down just to make sure that was'nt the cause, I can't see anything through the holes (to secure the wheel) that would relese it any help appreciated
I had the same issue. In my case the hand brake shoes were rusted to the inside of the drum/disc. Interestingly, and this confused the hell out of me initially, the wheel would rotate freely just a few degrees back and forth. So I could not believe the shoes had fused to the disc/drum. But it can happen. the shoes are mounted loosely and allow some play, even when solidly rusted to the disc. Once you get everything apart, you will understand.

I took the other side's disc off to see how things look. I was able to pull the disc away from the hub by a few mm, but felt some springy action against my pull. That was from the springs in the mounting screws of the shoes. I put a screwdriver through one of the holes in the brake disc so it sat against the shoe (compare with other side of car) and started hammering, while trying to pull the disc away from the car. A helper will make this a lot easier. I did it alone, though. Better yet, try to fix the screwdriver (put a heavy object behind it) and hammer on the disc from the inside. There won't be much room, but with patience, I was able to break the seize. Uhh, it looked ugly in there. Rust, rust, rust. Had the car sit for months after driving on heavily salted winter roads... I've got tons of pics, PM me if you like some.
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