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Old 03-17-2017, 09:45 AM
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Loose Emergency Brake Cable

So I was wondering what the rattle noise was coming from the passenger side rear every time I hit a bump. Well I pulled up slightly on the ebrake and the rattle stopped (learned this from Bimmerfest, thanks). Well anyway now i want to fix it. Anyone have any suggestions? 1998 BMW Z3 2.8. Thanks


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Old 03-17-2017, 06:47 PM
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This might be a good time to buy a Bentley manual: this and similar tasks are covered in it.
There is a good chance that one of the brake cable sleeves is broken near the center support loop under the car. You should inspect it before proceeding with adjustment.
The brake adjustment nuts are at the base of the handbrake handle. You can lift the boot from the front to access the nuts (one for each cable). You loosen the jam nut and adjust the adjusting nut.
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:29 PM
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This might be a good time to buy a Bentley manual: this and similar tasks are covered in it.
There is a good chance that one of the brake cable sleeves is broken near the center support loop under the car. You should inspect it before proceeding with adjustment.
The brake adjustment nuts are at the base of the handbrake handle. You can lift the boot from the front to access the nuts (one for each cable). You loosen the jam nut and adjust the adjusting nut.


Thanks Blacklane. I'll take a look. Yeah I will def invest in one of the manuals.

I've been busy with this car. It's in great shape but has some deferred maintenance in regards to the common issues. I replaced the bushings in the seats, I changed all speakers except the tweeters, changed the blower motor resistor, I just got the clips for the slow windows in the mail from rock auto and I'll be replacing them and the tweeters next week, and I want to get rid of the rattling ebrake noise. Hopefully after those things are done I can enjoy the car for a while.

This forum has been great though. I enjoy reading all the different topics and getting some great advice from you guys. Thanks


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Old 03-18-2017, 03:00 AM
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Thread and DIY on adjusting:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=82648
http://www.csfrancis.net/BMW/pbdiy.pdf

The DIY and this post say check the adjustment at the shoes before adjusting the cables:
https://www.bimmerforums.com/forum/s...4#post27797384

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Lift up the leather boot surrounding the handle, and use the two (2= large adjusting nut and jam nut) to take the slack out of the cable.

Go on ebay and buy a bootleg copy of the TIS, EPC, ETM for $20-$25 (requires an older Windows platform) instead of $80 on the Bentley__which is incomplete at best.
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Old 03-23-2017, 08:47 PM
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Loose Emergency Brake Cable

Tightened it via the knob behind the lug hole and tightened from the inside under the ebrake hood and the noise is gone and the ebrake works! Thanks fellas


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