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parking brake adjustment #663565
22/09/20 01:38 PM
22/09/20 01:38 PM
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New River Valley, VA
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While under my M3W the other day I noticed the adjustment mechanism on the parking brake cable (my parking brake is lever that amuses, but does nothing). Of course the adjuster is in a place that tempts you with seeing it, but totally inaccessible and therefore useless.

I am wondering if it might be accessible by removing the center piece where the lever and shift knob are located?


Rodger
2018 M3W "Dreamers on the Rise"
2004 Plus 8 (wife's)
old Goldwings and a couple of Harleys
Re: parking brake adjustment [Re: rcmatt] #663566
22/09/20 01:56 PM
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Rodger,

On my car the adjuster (a cylindrical device) is located in the driveshaft tunnel area about 8-10 inches behind the brake lever and is accessible from underneath. Though it is easier to adjust with the driveshaft cover removed.

Once properly adjusted the handbrake works pretty well, in my experience.


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Re: parking brake adjustment [Re: rcmatt] #663568
22/09/20 02:21 PM
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My handbrake works well too.


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2019 M3W leaking oil right off the showroom floor

Re: parking brake adjustment [Re: rcmatt] #663570
22/09/20 02:42 PM
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Yes I can see it in the tunnel, but am unable to get at it to adjust. I will try taking off the center piece this weekend..... in between laying pavers for a back deck.


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2018 M3W "Dreamers on the Rise"
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Re: parking brake adjustment [Re: rcmatt] #664097
25/09/20 07:44 AM
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I assume you know its a fly off handbrake, to set pull back on lever & press the button. To release pull on lever & let go. Do you say it does nothing because it does not hold the car when set? I initially did not like the fly off action but soon got used to it. When at traffic lights I tend to just pull back on the lever but not press the button. As an Engineer it annoys me when people set the hand brake by just pulling back in the lever & not holding the button in, this wears the ratchet.

Re: parking brake adjustment [Re: rcmatt] #664141
25/09/20 12:26 PM
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I do realize how it works. It does nothing as it does not engage the brake enough to stop the car from rolling away (I do always park in gear)


Rodger
2018 M3W "Dreamers on the Rise"
2004 Plus 8 (wife's)
old Goldwings and a couple of Harleys
Re: parking brake adjustment [Re: rcmatt] #664229
25/09/20 07:57 PM
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I love the fly off handbrake, l wish the Mazda had it.


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