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Old 01-09-2013, 09:05 AM
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Parking Brake Failure

Well, another failure. Last night my parking brake did not in-gauge. Started the car after work and had the normally red parking brake light turned yellow, and the little yellow car appeared.
I have a choice to either replace the whole actuator unit or a kit they sell with just the gears.
Anybody have experience with this issue? Thanks for your input.
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:17 AM
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Well, another failure. Last night my parking brake did not in-gauge. Started the car after work and had the normally red parking brake light turned yellow, and the little yellow car appeared.
I have a choice to either replace the whole actuator unit or a kit they sell with just the gears.
Anybody have experience with this issue? Thanks for your input.
I saw it once on my old 745i, but I turned the car off and on and it went away. Saw it again one other time but a restart fixed it again.

Sorry I'm not more help!
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:41 AM
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Thanks for the input. Haven't gone out yet to start the car. Fingers crossed, but knowing my luck...
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:01 AM
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Get the kit for around $150 from eBay.
Buy a bench-top press from Harbor Freight for $70.
Buy the Et801 BMW code scanner from eBay for $72 to reset the code.
Watch the video on YouTube while you do the job.
It is not all that difficult and you don't have to get under the car to fix it.
I just did it 2 months ago.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:43 AM
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Thanks bobbrum. I ordered the parts and watched the video. My plan is when the parts come in, I'll have my mechanic do the repair. Working for a dealer, He wanted to replace until I told him about rebuild kit. He's in. I have a mechanical background, but
some jobs should be left to the pros. If I'm lucky, it's the gears and not the electronics...
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Old 01-10-2013, 11:42 AM
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I get that error every now and then. It will prolly just go away.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:17 PM
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Put in search engine Actuator. There are loads of tips. If its like mine it was a snapped cable and not your gears. Have you tried the Actuator manual rear winder?
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:31 PM
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If you look at the next line down after your message you'll see all my messages and tips regarding Acutaor and might save yourself a few Dollars
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Old 01-10-2013, 05:24 PM
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i am going through that problem right now. I ended up buying the actuator because I found one on ebay for $330 delivered. Look around before you buy the kit because it may be cheaper that way. The plastic gears break over time in these cars which is a common issue apparently. I still havent changed mine out yet because of the work needed so I am waiting for my mechanic to reopen for the year.
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:32 PM
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parts geek.com has the replacement kit for $96.00 the install was 30mins with the right tools.

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Old 01-10-2013, 07:37 PM
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To take the actuator out is the problems not the rebuild
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Old 01-10-2013, 07:59 PM
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Yeah I totally understand. Tuesday I thought I had to my actuator out but found away to work around it. I have step by step instructions on how to disasimble the unit if that's what u need.?
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:15 PM
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This seems to be a good forum. More then not have had this problem. Lots of answers, which is a good thing. Once he takes it apart, I'll have an idea of my issue. I'll let everyone know. Should have kit sometime next week. Thanks for all the help guys. That's why I'm a member...
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:12 AM
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I just discovered today that my park brake problem was not the actuator but the control switch where you press the button to activate. Now I have a park brake actuator for sale with new gears in it.
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:14 PM
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I just discovered today that my park brake problem was not the actuator but the control switch where you press the button to activate. Now I have a park brake actuator for sale with new gears in it.
Hi I'm having the same problem but my parking brake completely locks up replaced the switch a few months ago because it broke but not sure what it could be I'm assuming its the actuator but not sure if it is the same as mine as I have a x5 e70 msport
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Old 01-13-2013, 09:00 AM
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Thanks for the info Tanny and JIm UK. I should have mine in the shop next week sometime. Parts are en-route and I'll get to it right away. I don't like problem lights on my dash cluster!!!
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:18 PM
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You may have to ask your dealer if they are the same actuators
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:21 PM
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Ok will look into it thanks
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:42 PM
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3443 6788968 this is the part no check if it matches yours and maybe we can come to some kind of arrangement
Thanks
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:46 PM
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My part number is 34406761383. Find out if this fits
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:51 PM
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Will call them in the morning and let you know how much do you want for it
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:55 PM
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I paid $400 aud for it inc the delivery so I am prepared to let it go for $350aud ex del. all new parts and I never installed. Let me know if it fits first.
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Old 01-31-2013, 10:23 AM
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Hi been in touch with main dealers and they are not compatible but thanks anyway
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:52 AM
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Well,
My mechanic started the work last night and found that one of my parking brake cables is bad. I'm going to have him check price for the cables and I'll probably have him replace both... Miss my car already...
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Old 02-06-2013, 09:02 AM
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I have been quoted 1097 plus vat to have it replaced by bmw and re programmed any suggestions b4 I go ahead
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