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My hand brake doesn't work. I can pull it up as far as it goes and I still roll when in drive. It has no effect on my car as far as I can tell. It has been used 5 times at most since 99 when we got the car. Is this a DIY fix? If not, how much am I looking at to fix it?
 

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My hand brake doesn't work. I can pull it up as far as it goes and I still roll when in drive. It has no effect on my car as far as I can tell. It has been used 5 times at most since 99 when we got the car. Is this a DIY fix? If not, how much am I looking at to fix it?
It is probably just a cable adjustment and that is, I believe, a DIY. Try searching the web for E39 hand brake (or parking brake) adjustment. I couldn't find a writeup on bmwtips.com.

There is a very (may be too) detailed writeup on DaveZ's site: www.zeckhausen.com

You may also want to drive slowly for a few dozen feet with it on the clean off the glaze on the shoes/drums, though it sounds like that won't be enough.

Bill
 
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