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Old 11-17-2011, 08:09 PM   #1
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E-brake Re-Install - how do you stretch those springs

I feel bad about making all these threads on the E36 board but I was wondering what the best way to reconnect the springs for the e-brake pads is?

I already installed the cable side spring and the pins to hold the pads in. The star adjuster side of the emergency brake is the side I'm having trouble with.

Any ideas on how to install that spring? Any tools for the job? I can't get enough leverage to stretch that spring using a normal pair of needle nose pliers...

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Old 11-17-2011, 09:54 PM   #2
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Theres a screwdriver looking tool that clamps down on the end like pliers that are really good for brake springs. I haven't found it separately in any shops but I believe the princess auto ebrake tool set has one in it
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Old 11-17-2011, 10:36 PM   #3
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I need it very urgently. Does home depot or canadian tire stock any of these?

Will a vice grip do?
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:35 AM   #4
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I feel bad about making all these threads on the E36 board but I was wondering what the best way to reconnect the springs for the e-brake pads is?

I already installed the cable side spring and the pins to hold the pads in. The star adjuster side of the emergency brake is the side I'm having trouble with.

Any ideas on how to install that spring? Any tools for the job? I can't get enough leverage to stretch that spring using a normal pair of needle nose pliers...
Flat head screwdriver or needlenose visegrip always work for me.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:40 AM   #5
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Thats the one I meant -- I've managed to do it with needle nose pliers too but you have to clamp it at just the right spot and pull like crazy -- not fun.

It may be easier to unbolt one of the pads and then pull the whole pad out with the springs in place? Or put the springs on in an easier order

I've only seen that tool at princess auto, a napa or something may have it or you could get lucky at cantire or home depot maybe :s
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