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Re: loose handbrake on bmw 318 1995 model
Hi, as a general rule as i have never worked on a bmw if you take away the moulding from around the hand brake there are two wires connected into the handbrake unit with a couple of nuts you just adjust the nuts accordingly hope this helps
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If it is an actual handbrake, sometimes you will have to pull apart your center console a bit to get at it but the nut is under there or under the arm rest. Sometimes there is an access panel in the lower rear part of the center console.
the rachet and lock on the handbrake handle itself is faulty and either needs 'loooking' at or replacing. leave the car in gear in addition to the handbrake to make sure ur car doesnt do a runner while u are waiting for repairs.
If you look under the car there should be a cable leading from the front between the seat area to the back tires. The cable should make a "y" before it reaches the tires. There should be a nut on a bolt that you can use to tighten or loosen the handbrake. bring the handbrake to the second click and then make the cable tight with no slack but no bind on it either. When you release the handbrake the cable should be loose but will begin to engage on the second click. You can make it tighter to make it more sensitive if you like or loosen it to make it less sensitive.
you can't. there's those star nuts that are supposed to do it, but they don't work. You can access the star legs through the access hole on the drum. spin them till the drum stops. Test the hand brake and you'll find it still doesn't stop the car while moving. BMW engineering.....brilliant.
You need to be careful about this. Ensure that it is always only when in the parking mode. The handbrakes in this model is rather fragile. Don't pull too far...and ensure it is released completely when about to drive.
Adjusting the handbrake is easy.Between the two front seats where the cup holders are behind there is a cubby hole.This has a bottom which can be easily prised out.You will see the handbrake adjusters which you just need to tighten.
The handbrake adjustment is at the handbrake. Pull off the rubber boot around the hand brake. (it pulls open at the botto of the handle and slips off over it). Next locate the 10mm bolt under the rear cup holder (there may be a little felt in there covering it). Remove the bolt.
Lift the console at the rear, it should pop loose at the front and lift up. You should have clear access to the adjustment bolt. Loosen the 10mm locking nut and this should allow you to adjust the cable.
Turn the adjustment clockwise to tighten the cable and once adjusted, re-tighten the locking nut. Reverse the whole process to put the console etc back together.