Handbrake Cable replacement

Martin, Gary G MartinGG at aetna.com
Wed May 8 20:35:14 EDT 2002

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Having recently replaced the RR handbrake cables on my S4 and 200TQA, I
thought I'd pass on a few tips to those who are contemplating this fun job.
First, if your car is near 100k miles, this needs to be done, IMO. A lot of
the RR caliper not releasing problems can be related to this culprit. The
cable casing on both mine were broken. The S4 at 150K miles should have been
replaced long, long ago! Anyway, a couple of hopefully helpful tips. 1)
Disconnect the drive shaft at the rear flange. This will allow a bit more
room to disconnect/reconnect the cable. (there is a gasket in this flange
that may fall out). 2) There is a clip that holds the forward end of the
cable to a housing on the body. This will be your biggest challenge. It will
be well rusted. Get a new one from a dealer, to give you an idea of how to
go about pulling it out. Cable can be obtained from among others
http://www.bimmerparts.com/ for about $20, versus $60+ dealer price. HTH

94 UrS4
91 200 TQA

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