BMW Cars 1999-06

Adjustment

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E30 Models



  1. Remove 1 lug bolt from the wheel and turn the opening so it is positioned to the rear approximately 30 degrees from the top. This is the location of the star adjuster for the brake shoes.
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  3. Use a thin bladed adjustment tool or equivalent to turn the star adjuster. On the left side, turn the star up to tighten. On the right side, turn the star down to tighten.
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  5. Turn the star until the wheel will not turn. Loosen the star 3-4 threads. Check that the wheel turn freely.
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Fig. The parking brake shoe adjuster is a star wheel between the brake shoes-E36 models shown, E30 similar



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Fig. The parking brake shoes are adjusted through one of the wheel bolt holes-E36 models shown, E30 similar



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Fig. The star wheel adjuster is moved by pivoting the adjustment tool-E36 models shown, E30 similar

  1. Pull the parking lever boot up in the front and pull out from the rear. Remove the rear ashtray and the underlying bolt. Pull the console back and out.
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  3. Pull the parking brake lever up 5 notches. Adjust the cables with the nuts so that the wheels can just barely be turned. Release the lever and check that the wheels spin freely. Both sides must be adjusted evenly.
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  5. The parking brake indicator lamp should extinguish when the lever is released; otherwise adjust the switch so it does. Install the console and the lug bolt.
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E36 Models



  1. Remove 1 lug bolt from the wheel and turn the opening so it is positioned to the rear approximately 65 degrees from the top. This is the location of the star adjuster for the brake shoes.
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  3. Use a thin bladed adjustment tool or equivalent to turn the star adjuster. On the left side, turn the star up to tighten. On the right side, turn the star down to tighten.
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  5. Turn the star until the wheel will not turn. Loosen the star 18 notches. Check that the wheel turn freely.
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  7. Pull the parking lever dust cover trim up.
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  9. Pull the parking brake lever up 6 notches. Adjust the cables with the nuts so that the wheels can just barely be turned. Release the lever and check that the wheels spin freely. Both sides must be adjusted evenly.
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  11. The parking brake indicator lamp should extinguish when the lever is released; otherwise adjust the switch so it does.
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  13. Install the dust cover and the lug bolt.
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