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Old 02-08-2011, 09:18 AM   #1
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ebrakes?

5 kms away from my house, and out of nowhere my car begins to click, i mean LOUD clicking. Ive determined that engine speed, turning the front wheels left and right, and pressing the brakes slightly does not affect clicking sound. I do notice that if i slow down or speed up the clicking sound is related with road speed. just by chance i put my hand on the ebrake and from there i can feel the clicking, and if i pull the ebrake up (1 or 2 clicks) the clicking is gone. I havent had a chance to look at the car yet (friggin cold) but am i looking at just tightening the ebrake cable or is something broken in the ebrake hub area? I drove to work this morning with the ebrake 2 clicks up.
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Old 02-08-2011, 09:40 AM   #2
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be prepared to put things back in place. i would not doubt something coming dislodged!!
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:14 AM   #3
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5 kms away from my house, and out of nowhere my car begins to click, i mean LOUD clicking. Ive determined that engine speed, turning the front wheels left and right, and pressing the brakes slightly does not affect clicking sound. I do notice that if i slow down or speed up the clicking sound is related with road speed. just by chance i put my hand on the ebrake and from there i can feel the clicking, and if i pull the ebrake up (1 or 2 clicks) the clicking is gone. I havent had a chance to look at the car yet (friggin cold) but am i looking at just tightening the ebrake cable or is something broken in the ebrake hub area? I drove to work this morning with the ebrake 2 clicks up.
not uncommon for the shoe pins to "brake" loose from the backing plate which holds the brake shoes in place.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:33 AM   #4
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Perfect timing! My car has the same problem and I wasn't sure what it was. I also haven't looked into it because of the friggin cold!

I'm going to be putting on some Winter tires on the weekend so I will take a look at it then. So I would most likely just need new e-brake shoes?
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:45 AM   #5
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not uncommon for the shoe pins to "brake" loose from the backing plate which holds the brake shoes in place.
+1. Yay rust
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:08 PM   #6
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Anyone know if this is a good price for e-brake shoes and hardware? I haven't found it cheaper anywhere else...

http://www.autopartsway.ca/PartDetai.../pagenum1/tabS

http://www.autopartsway.ca/PartList..../pagenum1/tabS

Is there anything else I would need? I'm not sure if the shoes are a set or individual?
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:12 PM   #7
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Anyone know if this is a good price for e-brake shoes and hardware? I haven't found it cheaper anywhere else...

http://www.autopartsway.ca/PartDetai.../pagenum1/tabS

http://www.autopartsway.ca/PartList..../pagenum1/tabS

Is there anything else I would need? I'm not sure if the shoes are a set or individual?
the problem is most likely NOT your shoes and hardware but the protection plate which it mounts too! But since you are in there replacing the plate you might as well get new shoes etc.

the pins rarely break off in my experience; the end of the pin which is shaped like a "T" has pulled through the plate due to corrosion and rust as mentioned above. I quick fix is the get a nut and bolt just to hold it in place ti'll you decide on what you want to do.
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:23 PM   #8
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ive done brakes but not ebrakes, how hard are these to do? special tools just incase mine is all fobar'd?
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Old 02-08-2011, 12:28 PM   #9
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Like these guys said that pins that hold the shoes in place are attached into the dust shield which is probably rusty allowing the hole to get bigger. In less serious scenarios you can get away with pulling the rotors off and finding out that you can still twist the pins back in and have them hold, at least for a little while.
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Old 02-08-2011, 02:42 PM   #10
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anybody have pictures of this 'dust shield'?
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:37 PM   #11
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I dont have a picture to show you but check this link:

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...30&hg=34&fg=30

The part that has broken is most likely the anti-rattle spring (#11) Mine went and i had a similar sound. As everyone has said it holds the brake shoes to the dust cover. It's not hard to take a look at. Just take the caliper and disc off and you'll see the assembly. If the pin is busted just throw it away. A new one will just fall out if the dust shield is rusted out. I've been driving without mine for a year and haven't noticed.
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anybody have pictures of this 'dust shield'?
If the shield/backing plate weren't there you wouldn't have anything to attach your e-brake hardware too. The springs and pins hold the shoes in place. I believe to remove this plate you would need to cut it off and to install the new one you'd need a puller to pull the hub off. Or cut the new one slip it around that tack it. then put all the stuff back on.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:00 PM   #13
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Ah just leave it in 1st gear, i did that for years with my first e30 lol
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:31 PM   #14
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i did my dust plates, its a pain. also cheaper shoes at partsource and the hardware kit can be had for the same price at the dealer (no wait on shipping)
if you dont want to get into all the hassle of replacing the dust shield then you can try cutting a slit in a 1x1" piece of steel or alum or some strong thin metal.
hold that square piece in place and push the spring loaded "T" pin thorugh it. twist and lock, feel free to dimple the 1x1 patch like the dust cover to hold it in place better if you so choose. again this is temp fix, (or perm depending on how well you do it and how little money you want to spend) dust covers are 30/wheel at the stealership as best i recall, i cut and trimmed mine to allow me to put them on whith out removing the wheel, took a little bending back afterwards but i didnt want to go through all the other hassle. if you go that route just watch what you cut out and dont compromise its intergrity too much
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thanks guys, i'll see what i can do over the wkend.
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