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YOU WILL NEED A HAYNES REPAIR MANUAL OR FACTORY MANUAL ON CD.BECAUSE ON BMW YOU HAVE TO REMOVE CENTER CONSOLE AND ARMREST TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE PARKING BRAKE LEVER. PARKING BRAKE CABLE CONSISTS OF TWO SECTIONS A RIGHT AND LEFT HAND SECTION, WHICH ARE CONNECTED TO THE LEVER.YOU HAVE TO LOOSEN REMOVE THE RELEVANT PARKING BRAKE CABLE LOCKNUT AND ADJUSTING NUT AND DISENGAGE THE INNER CABLE FROM THE PARKING BRAKE LEVER. IF YOU FIND A HAYNES BMW REPAIR MANUAL WITH HAND BRAKES.THAT WILL SHOW AND TELL YOU STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTION HOW TO ADJUST PARKING BRAKE CABLE ADJUSTMENT. I COULD TELL YOU HOW TO DO THE JOB. BUT YOU NEED TO SEE PHOTOS AND INSTRUCTIONS BECAUSE YOU NEED TO SEE WHERE YOU NEED TO MAKE CABLE ADJUSTMENTS.NOT EASY TO TELL YOU.
the first thing to do is to slacken the handbrake adjuster on the lever off completely.then if you have rear drum brakes remove the drums and make sure that the handbrake levers on the shoes are not siezed and are returning to the stops plus that the auto adjusters are not siezed if not free them off so they are using wd40 or whatever and the linings/drums are ok then reasemble and pump the brake pedal a few times to let the auto adjusters work then readjust the lever to about 5 to 7 clicks if you have got rear discs then one off the rear calipers may have siezed or both handbrake cables should also be checked for being siezed
removedisc/drum check to make sure linings are secure on shoes bonding can fail this will cause brake to lock make sure shoes are secure on backplates hold down clips can go weak also make sure pull off springs are not weak loosen hand brake adjuster fit drum adjust up shoes on adjuster wheel till brake locked then back off so wheel spins freely re-set hand brake cable
remove panel at back of centre console you will see adjusterjcheck first if hand brake shoes can be adjusted in drum like on the 850 with wheel off and torch revolve disc if there is a an adjuster use this before adjusting cable
with car on stands use punch to remove pad retaining pins pull out pads can be tight remove 2 calliper retaining bolts move calliper away from disc remove disc retaining bolts remove disc check hand brake shoes and clean look for adjuster between shoes if it has one back it of some models just have hand brake cabel adjustment clean and fit new disc secure adjust hand brake shoes using screw driver through wheel bolt hole clean refit calliper slowley push back calliper pistons fit new pads refit retaining pins do other side pump up brake pedal check and adjust handbrake if neededcheck brake fluid level