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Old 03-23-2014, 08:38 AM
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I was changing the rotors for my 2008 bmw 328i and I noticed that my parking break was completely gone. Is it possible to just take out the parking break with kit and install the rotors without a parking break?


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I am not sure I understand your situation. Your parking brake assemblies should be inside your rear brake rotors ("top hat design"). Are the parts to the parking brake completely missing, or are the parking brake shoes simply worn out?

A photo would be really helpful.

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Old 03-23-2014, 09:17 AM
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They are simply worn out. I think I need a new hardware kit because the driver side is not tight and it doesn't low me to install my new rotor


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I was changing the rotors for my 2008 bmw 328i and I noticed that my parking break was completely gone. Is it possible to just take out the parking break with kit and install the rotors without a parking break?

Gimme a brake! How you gonna keep your ride from rollin' on a grade?

Those're the brakes.
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I am not sure I understand your situation. Your parking brake assemblies should be inside your rear brake rotors ("top hat design"). Are the parts to the parking brake completely missing, or are the parking brake shoes simply worn out?

A photo would be really helpful.


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I don't see anything wrong. Looks like there's still plenty of meat on the parking brake shoes
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:31 AM
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I don't see anything wrong. Looks like there's still plenty of meat on the parking brake shoes

Well that's because I put new ones


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They are simply worn out. I think I need a new hardware kit because the driver side is not tight and it doesn't low me to install my new rotor


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Perhaps I am still not understanding the situation here. It appears you have plenty of adjustment on your "star" adjuster at the top. This will permit you to decrease the diameter of your parking brake shoes, so the rotor can fit over them. Is there something else amiss with the hardware?

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Just making sure, you understand that the adjuster hardware is supposed to mounted inbetween the shoes so it can spread em right? Right now it is just sitting on top of the spring not connected. I assume thats just a pic you took as you were putting it back together and not done yet, but just making sure.

Should be the adjuster on top with a spring, the parking cable clip on the bottem with a spring. I always install the shoes to the shield, then put the cable holder and adjuster on followed by the spring on top and then using pliers, I get the lower spring on. (you also need to push in the parking brake cable extender under the parking brake lever to get enough play on the cable).

I ordered aftermarket rebuild kit and the quality was such crap (Centric) that I just reused most of my old stuff. Whether your hardware is worn out or not, the rotor should still be able to go back on unless you have the parking brake shoes mispositioned.

How are the springs? I doubt those will wear enough to cause the problem, but if it did it'd be pretty obvious looking.

Edit: Belay my last on the adjuster not being connected, looks fine. Sorry, my tv/screen is across the room.

I'd make sure you have the right shoes. Some 328i's have larger rotors and use the bigger parking brake shoes that are the same as the 335i's. Some use the smaller shoes that all 325i's use.

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