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    Emergency Break adjustment

    Hello All, I am trying to find information on how can I adjust my emergency break to really work properly. I change all my rotors (F&R) with cross-drilled and mintex brake pads, also change the emergency brake pads. Everything is new with proper bedding done. But for whatever reason it seems that the emergency brake doesn't hold good. I did adjust it to 4 clips. I pulled it even harder than 4 clips (maybe 5 or 6) still it's not holding the car properly.
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    Re: Emergency Break adjustment

    Sounds like U R only adjusting at the handle or the shoes are not adjusted close enough to the drums. I'm sure the full write-up is available in archives or elsewhere, but here's the gist of it: Elevate rear of car and remove wheels; Fully loosen adjusting cable nuts at handle; Turn brake shoe adjusters (through an open hole for wheel mounting bolts) until you get slight parking brake drag when turning the rotors by hand; Adjust cable nuts at handle so that there is some cable tension when handle is released, but no additional drag at the shoes; Remount wheels etc.
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    You may also need new parking brake cables.


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    We have an emergency brake? ;-)


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    Re: Emergency Break adjustment

    Oops!! Parking brake not emergency brake.
    I did that adjustment before I put it back the rotors to make sure that until I have that very small drag on the rotors. Still I cannot get the parking brakes to hold the car firmly. Do I need to sand the inside of the parking brake area of the rotors with a coarse sand paper just to create a rough surface so the pads will hold on firmly?
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    Re: You may also need new parking brake cables.

    Vin M,
    Is there any other adjustment area that I need to do so the parking brakes will hold the car properly?

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    Re: Emergency Break adjustment

    No, U shouldn't need to roughen the drum surface. Did U leave any grease or anti-rust coating on the swept surface of the drum? That "small" drag when U adjust the brake shoes can be hard to get right, especially with new shoes. I would go in there again and re-check the drag; It may be gone after breaking in the new shoes, in which case U need to tighten them up a bit more. E39's don't have the best parking brake design, but when everything is adjusted right, they do work reasonably well.
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    Just replaced my cables holds good now........

    If you're prepared to fork out $400 plus cables to get it done or have a lift at your disposal get it done, otherwise you might consider selling the car instead.
    It's a bear of a job as a DIY, need to drop the exhaust and drive shaft etc.
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    I can't think of any other adjustments...

    that hasn't already been suggested.

    Maybe someone else will weigh in with an idea, however, if nothing else works, you might want to start looking into replacing the parking brake cables.

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    Re: Emergency Break adjustment

    I wrote a DIY here. In your case, lube the cables x2:

    http://www.b--immerfest.com/forums/showthread.php?t=426640

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