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Old 24-05-2020, 04:02 PM
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Default Handbrake cable removal

As part of removing the rear subframe, I need to disconnect the handbrake cable. Is it normally considered easier to remove it from the wheel hubs, or from the handbrake lever and pull the cable out?

If the cable is pulled out from the lever, is it easy enough to reinsert? Thanks.
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Old 24-05-2020, 04:27 PM
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I removed mine from the hubs but it depends how rusty they are as some owners have struggled to get them to shift
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Old 24-05-2020, 05:09 PM
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I removed mine from the hubs but it depends how rusty they are as some owners have struggled to get them to shift
Does that entail disassembling the entire handbrake mechanism, or can they be easily unclipped once the disc and hub have been removed?
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Old 24-05-2020, 05:20 PM
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Does that entail disassembling the entire handbrake mechanism, or can they be easily unclipped once the disc and hub have been removed?

I think you need to remove the shoes to release the cable but not 100% sure, I was replacing the shoes and cables at the same time.
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Old 24-05-2020, 05:36 PM
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Thanks Dave, I’ll try going down that route first.
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Old 24-05-2020, 05:39 PM
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The shoes have to be taken out and springs and adjuster released.

In theory you can then pull the cable out of the hub, but mine were lodged solid.

I lost patience and cut the cables to crack on with the job, have ordered a new set. Even after soaking I found it impossible to get enough pulling force on the cable without damaging the sheath.

There are some good E30 Bmw videos on this on YouTube.

Don’t do what I did though and wonder why the disc wasn’t sliding off, I’d left the handbrake on!!!
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Old 24-05-2020, 06:34 PM
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Thanks, well I'll give it a go over the next couple of days and come back and regale everyone with how to make a simple job complicated....
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Old 24-05-2020, 10:09 PM
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I cut the cables on mine as neither wanted to budge from the hubs, so cut them off to deal with later. Removing the disc and tapping the cable out worked from memory.
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Old 25-05-2020, 11:34 AM
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I released from inside the car first to drop the subframe, then tapped out at the hub using a suitably sized steel rod
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Old 25-05-2020, 07:52 PM
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Thanks everyone. Got them out today by using an 11mm socket and extension as a drift. Put the socket on the end of the cable then fit the extension through one of the holes in the hub - a few sharp blows and it pops out. Mnbrennan, saw your post when I got back in, pretty much what I did, but didn't bother disconnecting the cable from inside the car.

Things are never easy though - one of the brake backing plates was corroded enough that when I took out the parking brake shoe anchors it deformed the backing plate metal. Which means replacing the backing plate. Which means removing the hub..... and the wheel bearing..... Brilliant design!
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