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How do adjust my HandBrake , I have a BMW 316i

How do adjust my HandBrake , I have a BMW 316i . Do i have to Take off the Back Wheels < Find Adjuster >or can i take the Rubber Gaiter off thr Handrake inside the Car and Adjust from There .. Please Help!

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If you remove the rear wheels, through the bolt holes in the disc you should find a toothed wheel which needs to be turned with a screwdriver until the disc cannot be turned, then back off 6 teeth to prevent over adjustment and binding. (you can adjust the cables inside but this only takes up the slack and doesnt adjust the handbrake correctly) once they have been adjusted check the balance by driving gently forward and backwards whilst applying the handbarke and watching which side of the car reacts first then adjust the other side via the cable inside the car

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