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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 08-15-2013, 05:50 PM
Nfs021 Nfs021 is offline
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540i Parking Brake Adjustment or Replace?

So for just about over a week now, the parking brake on my car doesn't seem to fully hold. When I park on any bit of a slope and put the hand brake on, the car moves back about an inch or two. Should I try and adjust it first to see if that helps, or just replace the shoes all together? And is there a DIY thread on here on how to adjust it? Any advice will be helpful thanks.

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Old 08-15-2013, 06:07 PM
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How many clicks do you hear when you pull the handle up.
If the cables and shoes are adjusted properly when you get to the 3rd click the e-brakes should hold the car.
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:28 PM
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Re: 540i Parking Brake Adjustment or Replace?

It takes about 6 to 8 clicks before it holds depending on the grade of the slope.

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Old 08-15-2013, 06:32 PM
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I'd start by typing /parking brake F3 in the bestlinks.
This comes up instantly, among others:
- cn90 parking brake adjustment DIY (and other emergency brake adjustment DIYs) and tons of pictures of a 540i brake job
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:36 PM
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Re: 540i Parking Brake Adjustment or Replace?

Ah, how handy. Thanks bluebee

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