From digest.v7.n736 Tue Dec 9 16:40:47 1997
From: "Alan Alfano"<Alan.Alfano_at_SNET.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 1997 12:59:44 -0400
Subject: RE: E30 parking brake adjusting
In v07.735, From: "Ted Arneson" <teda_at_ecg.csg.mot.com
>This topic may be lurking in the archives somewhere, but I was unable to
>it. I'm looking for info on how to adjust the parking brake on an E30
>325is). I replaced the rotors and had to thread back the shoe adjusters
>install the new rotors. Are these adjusted prior to installing rotors?
>they be adjusted once rotors are installed? Are they automatic adjusting?
Are these adjusted prior to installing rotors? sorta; adjust them so that
the rotor fits over the parking brake shoes with out rubbing. Final
adjusting after everything is buttoned up (except for the center cap and
one wheel bolt).
Can they be adjusted once rotors are installed? Yes
Are they automatic adjusting? No
The only thing necessary to remove for adjusting the rear disc parking
brake is the center cap and one wheel bolt from each side.
With the rear end of the vehicle up on jack stands, use a screwdriver to
tighten/loosen the adjuster through the vacant wheel bolt opening on each
If I remember correctly;
Place a screwdriver on the adjuster star wheel.
The LR side is tightened by pulling DOWN on the screwdriver handle.
The RR side is tightened by pulling UP on the screwdriver handle.
If my memory is wrong; it would be:
The LR side is tightened by pulling UP on the screwdriver handle.
The RR side is tightened by pulling DOWN on the screwdriver handle.
Another way to think about it is: the star wheel adjusters are right hand
threaded which means righty/tighty, lefty/loosy. :-)
BMW CCA #30492
1988 BMW 325iX
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