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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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Weak E-brake. Troubleshoot

Hey I was wondering if my 330xi it's the only e46 with a weak e-brake? When I park in a hill and put my e-brake on it literally don't hold anything. It's there anything I can change to get a stronger e-brake like manuals? Thanks
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Old 01-29-2013, 01:50 PM   #2
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Come to a stop using the e-brake, this will clean the surface of the e-brake shoes and rotor, which are just a very small, cable actuated, drum brakes inside your rear rotors. The e-brake shoes are slightly biased in terms of what direction they work in, so if you want your cars e-brake to work better in the reversing direction, apply the brakes while reversing, etc.

If you have to pull the handle up more than the normal amount of clicks listed in (I think) the owners manual, you should adjust the tightness of the handbrake cables.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:06 PM   #3
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Do you have a DYI of how to tight the e-brake cables?
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:28 PM   #4
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Google the E46 Ebrake adjustment procedure. It's pretty involved but worth it to get a working ebrake back especially if you have a manual.
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:53 AM   #5
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Search and you won't get flamed.

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