BMW Coupes and Sedans 1970-1988 Repair Guide

Parking Brake Shoes

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



3 Series Models

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10



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Fig. Fig. 1: Loosen the Allen head bolt ...



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Fig. Fig. 2: ... and remove the bolt from the rotor ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... then remove the rotor from the hub



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Fig. Fig. 4: Spray the brake assembly with a suitable evaporative spray cleaner



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Fig. Fig. 5: Use brake spring tools to remove one side of the upper return spring



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Fig. Fig. 6: Unclip the other end of the upper spring and remove



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Fig. Fig. 7: Loosen the retaining spring and pin from the middle of both brake shoes ...

  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the rear tire and wheel assembly. Remove the rear brake rotors using an Allen wrench to remove the retaining bolt securing the rotor hat over the shoe assembly.
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  3. Spray the entire brake assembly with a suitable evaporative cleaner to control brake dust.
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  5. Using brake spring pliers, disconnect the upper return spring for the parking brake shoes. Then, using the proper tool, turn the retaining springs for the parking brake shoes 90 degrees to unlock them and remove.
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Fig. Fig. 8: ... then remove the retaining pin and spring assembly



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Fig. Fig. 9: Remove the brake shoes from the vehicle. Be careful not to loose the adjuster



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Fig. Fig. 10: Exploded view of the parking brake assembly

  1. Separate the parking brake shoes at the top and remove. Separate the shoes from the adjuster and spring.
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  3. Check the condition of the shoe retaining hardware and replace those parts excessively worn.
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To install:
  1. Install the adjuster and spring at the shoes. Install the shoes from the top to the backing plate.
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  3. Install the retainer locks and the return spring. Install the rotor. Burnish and adjust the parking brake.
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5, 6 and 7 Series Models
  1. Raise and safely support the vehicle. Remove the rear tire and wheel assembly. Remove the rear brake rotors.
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  3. Using brake spring pliers, disconnect the upper return spring for the parking brake shoes. Then, using the proper tool, turn the retaining springs for the parking brake shoes 90 degrees to unlock them and remove.
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  5. Separate the parking brake shoes at the top and remove from below. Separate the shoes from the adjuster and spring.
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To install:
  1. Install the adjuster and spring at the shoes. Install the shoes from the bottom to the backing plate.
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  3. Install the retainer locks and the return spring. Install the rotor. Burnish and adjust the parking brake.
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