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BMW E46 Parking Brake Adjustment

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Joshua Sanders (18 days ago)
I have a really interesting situation. I bought my 2001 BMW 325xi Touring earlier this year and the parking brake has never worked. I finally got around to taking a look today and was surprised with what I found. The inner workings of the left rear wheel for the parking brake aren't there! However, they are still on the right wheel. I still had an incredibly hard time seeing everything so I wasn't able to do much. Your video was extremely helpful seeing the functions of everything and how to fix it but I might have a bigger problem on my hands. Anyone know why someone would remove it?
Roley Chiu (29 days ago)
Thanks for making your e46 vids. Very useful information and I will be using this as reference for my adjustments this weekend. Thanks again 50s kid.
James Ericson (1 month ago)
Hi! Great vid. Does this work on the e39?
Guanakito503fcb (2 months ago)
Thank you much 50skid thanks to you i was able to tackle this job today😬
Brett Smrz (3 months ago)
Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge. Very helpful to me.
Litto Supra (3 months ago)
thanks a lot for the info...
Jeff Birrell (3 months ago)
You are the bomb. Again, saved me large $. Thanks!
David Stafford (3 months ago)
Alan Dimmer (3 months ago)
Thank you so much for the informative videos , you explain everything in such great detail . If ever I need to know how do do something I often watch your videos . Great job thank you .
lalagurlo86 lor (3 months ago)
My parking brake is like super hard to pull up and not just that but I can still feel the car roll and I have to pull the parking brake a few times to catch it so the car won't roll. Idk if it's too tight on the parking brake lever or maybe it needs adjusting through the wheels. Help!
soyyoroaldo (4 months ago)
Big fan of your videos. Question: Can a loose parking brake be adjusted simply by tightening down those two cable nuts at the handbrake boot?
Denis Kanos (1 month ago)
chent.fds (5 months ago)
thank you! clear and good indications, nice!
chris bmw man (5 months ago)
Your videos are awsome.
Adao Firmino (6 months ago)
👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I am fixing many things in my 328 thanks to your videos... thank you very much for your good will to teach us
Jay B (6 months ago)
Thanks 1000 times, been watching your vids since i purchased my 02 e46 coupe, your advice, knowledge, recommendations have been phenomenal. Ive done countless repairs with the help of the videos you posts. Very thorough. Thanks a 1000 times. Boston, Ma, says Hi!
ilzak2812 (6 months ago)
Perfect video. Well explained, well shown absolutly no questions left.
Marco Aurélio (6 months ago)
This kid needs to do this !! thanks uncle!!
Davers (6 months ago)
A good tip for finding the adjuster with the brake caliper on, is to sight it through the nut hole with a torch, and then make a line in white paint on the caliper aligned to the adjuster ring., so you'll always know where it is.
Anders R (6 months ago)
why can’t you do all the adjustment by turning the handbrake nut?
Zachary Niedfeldt (6 months ago)
While it may work to do it that way probably once, the shoes themselves still won't really be in the right spot, and you will start to hit the end of travel on the mechanism that spreads them. And I suspect that it would not be in the "ideal" leverage and probably increase the force needed to pull the brake, although it might still grab.
S F (6 months ago)
Hey man, I was adjusting my brakes, and all of the hardware came apart!! The rotor is freely spinning, I took off the 7mm set screw, but I can't get the rotor off! Is it possible the e-brake is preventing the rotor from releasing, even though the rotor spinning? I've tried to bust it off with a hammer and pb blast, but no luck.
50sKid (6 months ago)
S F ya need a bigger hammer!
Joe Meschke (6 months ago)
Well done! Thanks for showing how to properly do this with easy instructions!
Ben Oak Film (7 months ago)
To tighten: Left side-move towards back of the car Right side-move towards front of the car
3 minute cu Radu Tiberiu (7 months ago)
Thanks Sir. You have saved my day. Your way of explaining it is just perfect. Chapeau!
TheBrokenBMW (7 months ago)
Thanks for info :) will have a go myself later today!
Felipe Ramiro (7 months ago)
Many thanks for your helpful videos!! :)
David Cordova (8 months ago)
This apply on my 96 325i...???
Lester Garcia (8 months ago)
just adjusted mine today on my E30. parking brake works perfect again. great tutorial. saved myself $$$. thanks again for the informative vid @50skid !
Lester Garcia (8 months ago)
@50skid awesome video cant wait to adjust mine. i'm assuming this is the same for an E30?
BAims (9 months ago)
50s kid u make damn good vids! Thnx for your time.👍 The Chick in your Logo she has some B A T S! Big ass titties 😀👍 B A T
Mick Norris (9 months ago)
Do you ever have to replace the cables because they are stretched out?
Adalid Cardoso (9 months ago)
You should make one
Adalid Cardoso (9 months ago)
Do you have a video on the light EML
Ady Cooke (10 months ago)
This is just the perfect channel. Having had my E46 330ci for a year now, this had brought the kid out in me. I used to work on my cars years ago but time and age meant i just left it to the garage. Now after finding your channel i now do most myself. The satisfaction and not to mention the money saved from not having garage bills is immense. Thank you so much for all your work in sharing your knowledge. This is like the Bible to me. Keep it up
Tre Hue (10 months ago)
So I adjusted it just like this video and my ebrake is tight but it still barely even slows the wheels what could need to be changed out? Pads are fine and they are adjusted.
crack2595 (10 months ago)
really good video men, congrats and thank you!!!
Sverre Øystein Pettersen (10 months ago)
Beautiful video man. Quick, clear, precise Thank you :-)
popitn2nd (10 months ago)
When you do this adjustment. Was the parking brake handle on the down position?
N. floyd (10 months ago)
Superb. Precise and to the point. Unlike others how really just talk nonsense. Well done Kid. ...
Albert Moyeskin (10 months ago)
I had to take off the brake disc so I could manipulate the adjuster. I just could not see it and adjust it with accuracy through the tiny hole. But thank you for the terrific instructional video. Much appreciation for your time and efforts!
don roome (11 months ago)
you is the man ever time my 2.8ci 2000 reg has a little problem you got a vid for it 9 times out of 10 with out you the e46 car world would be lost,big thanks to you please keep it up
austin fic (11 months ago)
Thanks man helped me do it on my 01’ 330i e46, I did one side perfect but had troubles its the other side when i change my breaks ill perfect the tricky side
NoToBigBro (11 months ago)
Thanks for this video. Subscribed.
Jeffo Jon J (11 months ago)
Hey that was helpfull cheers! Same for the 328ci i guess?? 😈😈
Janet Diaz De Valentin (11 months ago)
I'm a female and i work on my BMW 2003 325I and thanks to all your vids and the E46 fanatic forum for helping me..
vdochev (1 year ago)
Hi there. Is it the same system on a 2003 coupe?
Andy G (1 year ago)
You Sir are a legend this has to be the best explained video! Thank you.
Chris Parente (1 year ago)
Thanks much for this useful DIY video
Jennifer Lillie (1 year ago)
if this is not done properly could this be the cause of a trifecta
50sKid (1 year ago)
David Garama (1 year ago)
Is the procedure the same for an e39? 10 clicks and all?
50sKid (1 year ago)
5-10 clicks will do ya on just about any car
DFC3hundred (1 year ago)
Thank you!
Alan Cooper (1 year ago)
I just did this job on my e46 2 days ago, locks at 3 clicks , but I find it doesn’t hold as well as before clean and adjust ! I’m guessing they will bed in with time ???
Peter Robson (1 year ago)
Just EXCELLENT !!!! Thanks. Listening to your videos will save any BMW owner (E46 plus others models) a small fortune, and prevents giving a few paychecks to the local BMW Dealers and expensive repair garages. Owning a wonderful E46 can be expensive, but they are great cars, and we can minimize our basic maintenance costs by listening to videos like your. Thanks again...
E36EM3 (1 year ago)
#OpenDiffLife 🤘🏽😂
Edward Loughman (1 year ago)
Brilliant!! Very helpful and well explained. :)
Bob Van sand (1 year ago)
Great thanks, you answered my doubt in which way to turn...now i saw clearly that the adjuster is sort of a rocketshape that points in the air, and u have to them clockwise, on eather side to expand the break, thats my way to get it my brain...you explained it good in yr words, driverside away from the car, passengerside in the other direction, very clear display bro! Thx bob from belgium!
Chris Hecht (1 year ago)
Thanks for this video. Got my ebrake working again in my 2001 330ci. I can park on my driveway now! LoL
Albert Langer (1 year ago)
I appreciate your efforts. I have learnt a lot and now getting off my arse (ass) to the garage and adjust my handbrake (parking brake). Why did you Americans fuck up the Queen's English to have your own variation? :-)
s3v (1 year ago)
dude, any time i have any e46 question, i find a video of you explaining it thoroughly. cant thank you enough. great vids. i watch them often!
50sKid (1 year ago)
Thanks for watching!
Karim Sadouni (1 year ago)
Good job
Shahzeboy 1 (1 year ago)
thank you, my handbrake is trash, I park my car on a slight hill and have to rely on the transmission and dont want to do that anymore, cant beleave the shop's quoted me $100 for this easy as hell adjustment, thanks
Dustin McClelland (1 year ago)
Oh! LSD??
James Evans (1 year ago)
I don't often comment on YouTube but I feel compelled to thank you for having the best e46 instructional channel. Thanks from the UK!
50sKid (1 year ago)
thanks, man!
John Faire (1 year ago)
Hey, great video. Thanks. But there is confusion as to what 10 clicks is exactly, because we can't hear a click sometimes or our screwdriver slips and makes a sounds we think is a click... More accurate way for set looseness for the wheel/drums at rest. after we get to what we think 10 clicks is... Put the wheel back on. Turn the wheel with two hands, and let it go. It should close to one full turn if it is set correctly. If it only goes half way, loosen the star adjuster, using one lug hole open and the flat-head screwdriver now that the wheel is on, until it makes very close to one full turn. If it turns more than one full turn, tighten the start wheel... Now, you won't have to be worried that your wheel is dragging.
50sKid (1 year ago)
Yeah don't do any of that confusing shit, do it the way you see my video
Ádám Boldizsár (1 year ago)
Gonna do on my E36 now :)
Greg Fogle (1 year ago)
Great video! Thank you! I will say on my 2003 330ci the passenger side adjuster needed to be turned opposite from what you showed. I was having issue adjusting so I took off the disc and observed. Sure enough I was turning the wrong way. Wish my Jeep was this easy.
50sKid (1 year ago)
I do mention in the video that you need to turn the passenger side the opposite way from the driver side. I show both in this video. If yours was not like that, it's possible somebody put the adjuster in backward.
Kevin Thomas (1 year ago)
Brilliant clip, thank you
Alex Martinez (1 year ago)
After doing this does that mean you shouldn't pull your e brake all the way up and just 4 notches????
50sKid (1 year ago)
No you should put it up as high as feels normal after this procedure--the more notches the better but now you won't need to go full hulk on it.
Ron Stevens (1 year ago)
Great job! Going to do this over the weekend.
mustangj0hn (1 year ago)
Thanks so much for that video, spot on buddy, cheers.
C (1 year ago)
Nice diy. Word of advice, never use anti seize on brake components.
50sKid (1 year ago)
+C why? Copper anti seize is also sold as brake lube
Sudip Basu Mallik (1 year ago)
You made this real easy!! Thank a ton!
Austin Ogola (1 year ago)
I will definitely work on this tomorrow. Thanks for all the tips. Totally informative and helpful.
gegervary (1 year ago)
Thanks for the help! Does it matter if the gear adjuster sits the other way? Yours facing down but I put mine on with the gear on the top side. Also, what is the idea of loosening the cables from inside the parking brake booth?
Motaz AlShishani (1 year ago)
Thank you or this video. I have a note for you: while testing to roll the wheels on the second e-brake click, I think you should put your trans to N instead of P, so you can test the rolling for each wheel separately without spinning the other side to not add the other side resistance, right?
Clint Buhs (11 months ago)
Motaz AlShishani, exactly. This is a critical point, and if you don't do it you're feeling resistance from the opposite side of the car when you set the second side. It's a big mistake to not mention that in a tutorial.
Utah York (1 year ago)
I'll do this this weekend. I pull my brake lever all the way up and on a steep incline the car will slowly roll back if not in gear. Thanks for the info.
javarithms (1 year ago)
Great video as always. Question, what is causing the squeaking noise at 7:53 (when you are applying pressure to the wheel)?
1riwa (1 year ago)
I did this fix successfully the day after your post. You mentioned all the important details. I was well overdue on this one. The wife trusted the parking brake about two weeks ago outside the store. She later found it leveraging in a nearby ditch.
50sKid (1 year ago)
Oooph, that's a bad day. Glad I could help out!
Sam H. (1 year ago)
Is there something you can do if your shoe adjusters are totally seized, short of replacing the whole parking brake mechanism?
Sam H. (1 year ago)
I have to replace my rear calipers, so I may try to do that while I'm in there. Thank you.
50sKid (1 year ago)
Can you get the shoes out? If so, then you can see if you can take the adjuster apart some how--spray it with rust penetrant & use a wire wheel to clean up the corrosion if you get it apart. Otherwise replace.
Wiren Changoer (1 year ago)
Thanks voor making this video. My handbrake has to go 4 or even 5 notches too stop the car from moving on a slope. Gonna do this DIY shortly.
V.Vega (1 year ago)
Great video as usual. But good lord man your interior is filthy
gentoolive (1 year ago)
Some people actually use their cars and not use them for lawn ornaments
50sKid (1 year ago)
Really? I had no idea until you just told me! I actually have a new (to me) center console that is in very nice condition I've been meaning to swap in there.
vviiper (1 year ago)
This video couldn't have been posted at a better time, I literally need to do this myself. Thanks!
David Kerny (1 year ago)
I used to have possibly the same problem with rear brake noise. Reason was shitty brake pads with short and weak springs which attaches to the piston on the inner brake pad. It also made the same dents as you have possibly during the rattle. It got fixed by changing brake pads (the were like new by the way) for more expensive ones. Also had once brake noise from one of the park brake pegs which got loose and kept spinning in the drum. It happened because the hole in splash guard where it attaches rotted away. Unfortunately replacing the splash guard is a big thing so I'm hoping my fix by using hammer only will do the job until I find the way to replace the splash guard without taking the bearing and everything off.
50sKid (1 year ago)
Very interesting. I don't know if I want to take the chance of yet another set of brake pads because there is no guarantee there. I'd rather fix the caliper bracket itself, some how. But thanks for sharing your experience!
that aint falco (1 year ago)
I had the same problem w/ my rear caliper brackets, the pad gets hung up in the groove and doesn't release properly. Unfortunately these cars were from an era before caliper hardware was common. AutoZone just recently started carrying reman calipers with brackets for around $50 + core. I bet you could file it flat too with some elbow grease =)
50sKid (1 year ago)
That's definitely an option and probably wouldn't hurt anything. I will think about that, actually.
Mark A (1 year ago)
You are missing your caliper hardware that should go over where you are seeing the wear brother. Great video!!
50sKid (1 year ago)
It doesn't come with brake hardware, unfortunately. BMW didn't use it.
Ted Schoenling (1 year ago)
Disk brake grease is good also a good anti-squeal compound on the pads help dampen vibrations.
Tim Williams (1 year ago)
Good video as always
Niamh Healy (1 year ago)
Best DIY I've seen on this Jason!
50sKid (1 year ago)
Thanks! ;-)
MALIK Elijah (1 year ago)
love your videos bro. keep up the good work. question, will this work on a 2003 e46 m3? and secondly why 10 clicks?
50sKid (1 year ago)
Yeah the parking brakes should be the same for an M3. Same mechanism. 10 clicks because that seems to set the shoes just far enough away from the drums so they won't touch when not engaged, yet leave them close enough that they will engage and hold the wheels from moving after just 3 clicks of the parking brake lever.
blackpassenger (1 year ago)
excellent, many thanks. ive always wondered how to do this
android 25 (1 year ago)
God bless you..
Roxana Santiago (1 year ago)
thank u 👍👍
Patrick Westerhoff (1 year ago)
God bless you for making this video, my e- brake is literally junk and I need to do this!

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