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Old 09-01-2011, 08:08 AM
TANATSA84 TANATSA84 is offline
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Parking Brake actuator removal question?

Quick question, how do you remove the brake cables from the parking brake actuator in the trunk, I have removed everything else but can't seem to figure how to remove the parking brake cables. I did a search and all the instructions I saw do not mention how to remove the parking brake cables. Please help !!
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Old 09-01-2011, 10:34 AM
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Anyone please help
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Old 09-01-2011, 11:08 AM
Asif Kazani Asif Kazani is offline
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Try a website : "tis.spaghetticoder.org"

This is BMW Technical Information system. It should have complete instructions on there. Good luck.

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Old 09-01-2011, 12:00 PM
TANATSA84 TANATSA84 is offline
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Try a website : "tis.spaghetticoder.org"

This is BMW Technical Information system. It should have complete instructions on there. Good luck.
Thank you very much !! Appreciate it.
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Old 09-04-2011, 07:11 AM
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Hey TANATSA84, I actually just did this repair myself yesterday (sorry I didn't take pictures but I'll try to explain) You have to take your tire off, remove the brake caliper, pull off the rotor and behind the rotor you will see the emergency brake shoes. There are two "spring screws" [I]see item 7[I] http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...41&hg=34&fg=40 that you will need to remove. After that, remove item 6 and 8 (which is actually one piece) then you will have to wiggle work the shoes apart from the bottom by removing the springs which is also labeled item 7.

Now comes the tricky part - The emergence brake cable is held in place by item 5 which I had to take a flat had screwdriver and play around with it to get the cable to release. Once the cable is released you can begin work on the other side.

-Side note: I left the emergency brake shoes off of my car (but assembled) because they don't work anyways if your parking break module (actuator) isn't working. And if it was like my car, the module quit working in the middle of releasing the shoes so every time I stopped, it sounded like my pads were worn and I got a high pitch squealing.

Once both cables are released, you have about eight inches of play that you can pull them up through the trunk and remove them from the parking brake actuator. Once you have enough slack to get them slid out of their resting place inside the actuator, you then have to pull them back through and out of the actuator. There is a flat "T" looking retaining clip on the back side (bottom) of the actuator the you pry up with a screw driver and then you can slide the cables right out of the actuator.

Good luck and I hope this helps!
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Old 09-04-2011, 11:00 AM
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Open up the actuator casing and you'll see two little arms. You can manually wind the actuator using a tool in the toolkit -- to get the arms into the best position to remove the cables (you'll see what I mean). They come out like bike cables.
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