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Old 09-12-2005, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Parking brake shoe springs

I have a 92 325i and since I have owned it the parking brake has never work. When I took off the rear rotors I noticed there is one 1 hold down spring on each side of the car holding the parking brake shoes down. Shouldn't there be 2 hold down spring on each side. thank you
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Old 09-13-2005, 03:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i dont believe so , its been a while since ive serviced the park brake, but if i can recall there was only one tension spring.........anyone wanna chime in and verify if thats correct because honestly i forget
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I swapped my brakes out last weekend on the Frankenbimmer (No engine, M3 suspension. What else should I call it?). There should be one spring holding the ends of the shoes together at one point, and opposite that, there should be a screw-type adjuster, to tighten your parking brake. It will have what looks like a gear in the middle of it, and you can use a screwdriver to turn this and adjust the tension on your parking brake shoes. So... Basically there should be one spring.
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OK, I just checked out some stuff online (@ Pelican Parts), and the pics there show two springs. I was wrong. Sorry...
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there is one adjusting spring on each side that you can turn with a screwdriver! turn them fully to tighten the wheels so you cant move them then release each spring thing by 18 clicks!!! make sure you undid the cables in the cabin before you do this, it'll make it easier!!
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Check out this link. http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...39&hg=34&fg=30

There should be two springs and an adjuster.
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I am confused because on different websites say different information about how many hold down springs there should be. The first link is from pelicanparts and it shows 2 and the second link is from a e39 but the brakes look the same as the e36 and it also has 2. while the realoem link only shows 1. So I have no idea of how many there should be.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/BMW/cata...rake_parts.jpg

http://www.zeckhausen.com/images/bra...rkingBrake.jpg
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For spring do you mean #8/9, or #11.

By "spring" I thought you meant the springs that hold together the parking brake shoes. There are also "springs" that hold the parking brakes to the backing plate. There are 2(one on each side) of these. The real OEM link does not show the second #11, but it is there.
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I meant part #11 on the realoem site. Now I will finally have a working parking brake and not kill my transmission. Thank you everybody, This is the most helpful forum I have been on.
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Yes, there should be 2 #11's. You can order part# 34419064274 which should have all the springs, small parts you need. If you have to replace the parking brake shoes, they are seperate. I recently replaced my parking brake and used that, along with the brake pads.
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