The parking brake on my '86 BMW 323 seems to have life of its own.
Sometimes when driving it will engage very briefly by itself. This
usually happens when rolling slowly, like towards a traffic light or
whatever... Also, when I pull the parking brake the car rolls forward a
couple of inches before it stops, and it only works on my right tire.
I'll have a look at it when switching to summer tires, but I'm curious
if anyone have had the same thing happening to them.
When you say it engages, do you mean literally applies braking? Or just the
light coming on?
One side vs the other -- one side is out of adjustement. Drum rear or disc
rear main brake on that one?
Ok, you need to take the disc off and have a look in there, likely a broken
spring or the anti-rattle pin is loose and jamming it sometimes. You can
purchase the guts as a kit, may as well just do both sides while you have it
off. You can just unhook and hang the caliper on something solid so you
don't have to bleed anything.
I agree. There is something in the linkage that is broken - at worst - or
out of adjustment. The clue will be inside the brakes themselves, or in the
cabling that links them to the brake handle inside the car.
Thanks, I appreciate your help. I'll take a look at it when it gets
warmer. With inspection only a month away I'll see if I can get the
parking brake to work on both wheels too, not that that gave me any
problems last year...
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