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Old 09-17-2004, 03:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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does anyone know the innerworkings of the e36 handbrake? i have a 328ic and when i'm on a hill and put on the handbrake, then i let go of the brake and the car feels like it sweys to one side. It really feels like the handbrake only stops the right rear tire....

Is this normal?
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Old 09-23-2004, 10:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I do not have an answer... but I have something here you can reference with some basic mechanical knowledge. Open the Word doc and use it to make sure your handbrake is adjusted properly. Good luck.
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do a search on it another guy had this problem it just needs to be adjusted, see my post there good luck

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http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticl..._Adjustment.htm
this has pictures and pretty good instructions for a diy..but i have not done it as of yet
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you actually might not have to do that. I believe you can make small adjustments that would fix your problem by pulling off the boot part around your hand brake and tightening the bolt on either side of the lower arm of the hand brake. If you are sweying to the left then tighten the right and see if that fixes it. It's easier than folling the directions of the above link, but won't correct major balance issues, but it doesn't sound like yours is too bad.
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thanks so much guys! It worked just by adjusting the screws
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