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      07-04-2014, 11:17 AM   #1
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Anyone else's E-brake feels loose?

Car is a '12 e92 6spd, we got it with only 8k miles on it (has 17k now) but the e-brake has always felt loose sometimes. My driveway has a slight 10* angle to it, enough to get a car rolling and when we pull in, most of the time the e-brake holds but sometimes I really have to yank it to get it to hold and at that point I also leave it in gear for added sercurity.

I looked for but couldn't really find any other thread about this so I'm guessing this isn't a commen thing with Ms? I'm guessing it's just a failing e-brake, previous owner probably stretched it out too much. Think this could be a warranty claim?
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      07-04-2014, 12:04 PM   #2
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i noticed this,too,when i got my 08 a couple years ago.i had it tightened up,but it still always feels a bit loose so i make sure to leave it in gear also when i park, which is a good idea anyway.
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      07-04-2014, 12:43 PM   #3
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try tightening it by removing the boot, or remove the rear wheels and adjust, or get new parking brake shoes and readjust everything
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Same on my 2013 e93 6spd manual. I just crank it tight and leave it in gear.
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      07-04-2014, 01:51 PM   #5
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Thanks for the responses.

Kind of odd that this is a problem on a $60k-$75k car. I have a friend that bought a brand new '12 Mustang 5.0 when they came out and he only lifts his e-brake 1 click and the car doesn't move at all. Amazed me first time I rode with him.
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      07-04-2014, 03:25 PM   #6
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yeah im curious about the same.

my ebreak when lifted lets say 85%-90% of the way, doesnt stop the car from moving completely.

i really have to yank it waaaay up (and hard) to block the wheels fully.

is this by design?

can be tightened?

new parts to fix this?

anyone have a concrete answer whos actually repaired this?

mines 2008 (2007.07 production) btw, so i thought maybe its just not as good as it was originally due to parts / loose.
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I noticed this a couple of days ago also.......thought about tightening the cable but now I'll see what direction this thread takes.........Phil
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Same here... non-obvious with a DCT since it has the Park function, but I was idling in neutral with the parking brake set (supposedly) and the car started to creep! Re-pulled it harder and it held, but geez, not a very powerful parking brake. All this time I've been thinking it was set and it really was not.
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      07-04-2014, 06:13 PM   #9
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I've never worked on drum brakes, but I can imagine you can service it to "tighten" it up
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Same on my car. Really have to pull it up hard on any sort of incline or else it rolls.
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      07-04-2014, 07:35 PM   #11
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I believe the e-brake is self adjusting, at least that's a dealer told me. Not sure what the procedure is to self adjust it.

Here is the correct way to readjust an E46...probably would be the same for an E9X.

First, you loosen the cables at the bottom of the hand brake until they are loose.

There's an adjuster screw in the rear brakes. There might be a peep hole through the rotor hub to stick a screw driver through or you'll need to remove the rotor. Turn the adjuster to spread the brake shoes open. The rotor should go back on with some resistance. Then spin the rotor and it should not spin freely but drag to a stop.

Snug the cables at the ebrake handle.

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