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Old 08-25-2009, 08:46 PM   #1
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Emergency brake release button stuck in

Driving back home today I noticed that that my e brake won't engage up. The e-brake goes up fine, but it just doesn't catch and stay because the release button is stuck in.

I took the boot off trying to look for any broken wires but everything seems normal.

Does anyone know what's wrong?
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Old 08-26-2009, 11:26 AM   #2
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:34 PM   #3
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looks like

looks like the pin in your e-brake broke. I had the same thing happen to me e-brake worked fine but it wouldn't lock in place your going to have to go to the bmw stealership and buy a whole new handbrake assembly because they wont sell it in separate parts. It will cost about 120 dollars for the the assembly or i guess you can go to a junkyard and get it from a parts car.
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Old 08-26-2009, 01:41 PM   #4
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or look on tischer and try to save some money? ^
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Old 08-27-2009, 11:46 AM   #5
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is changing the handbrake assembly an easy DIY?
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:14 PM   #6
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Sorry to bring this one back from the dead, but this happened to me over the weekend and there wasn't any good recent thread that actually explained the fix for this. So I figured I'd take it upon myself to post the solution that I found this weekend here.

I actually recommend everyone look at this. Mine used to pull up almost the entire way to the underside of the armrest before it completely gave out. Afterwards, with the same e-brake cable adjustment it only takes 2 or 3 clicks to full engage so it feels much more solid.

The picture is as follows:
Yellow outline = base / gear assembly
Red = What the e-brake button engages/releases
Blue = What is supposed to secure the mechanism


The picture below shows a different angle, but I've carried over the same colors for the same pieces.
The fix is to push in the red piece towards the base/gear. I simply used a small pry bar but you should have no issue with just a flathead screwdriver to do the same thing.
Then bend the tab circled in blue in the picture above to hold the mechanism in place and all done!


There you go. I took the assembly out to get pictures and actually find the solution, but I'm sure this could be done without removing anything but the center consol.

So there ya go. Saved you about 115 bucks! If this happens repetitively I would recommend getting a new handle as I can see that the retainer tab would certainly weaken over time. Either that or just weld an actual solid piece across on your own for an even more long term solution.

Enjoy!
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Old 12-31-2015, 08:19 PM   #7
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If the button is stuck in, I'd be looking for the spring that pushes it out.
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Old 01-01-2016, 06:02 PM   #8
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If the button is stuck in, I'd be looking for the spring that pushes it out.
My button was stuck in. This was 100% my solution.

I'm sure there may be others, but it's been working flawlessly for 3 weeks now so this is certainly another cause.
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