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E36General discussion and technical help for (E36) 1992-1999 3 series cars. 318, 323, 325, 328.
Man, I get home from my trip and jump in the car. I hear scraping, clanging and squealing. First I thought it was somehow my muffler dragging on the ground, that's how loud this was. But after some peering around, I decided it's probably the parking brake shoes or other loose stuff in the rear right hub. Too tired to take it all apart tonight, so I'll be doing that at first light in the morning, wish me luck. Should have known I was due since the car hasn't given me any trouble in months now
when we went to NC for a week, i started up the E30 and it smoked badly for like a minute. then when i tried to move, i found that the pads were stuck to the rotors. maybe it was the park brake, but after i gave it a bit more gas it tore itself off and has been fine since.
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It could be that one of the retaining springs came unseated. This happened to me once when I redid my parking brake shoes and assorted hardware, I hadn't properly situated one of the springs, it popped out, and needless to say there was a fair amount of grinding and scraping going on. Luckily, no further damage. S-o-o, purchase of another hardware kit (price wasn't that bad, if I recall, from BavAuto), and this time I made sure everything was put back exactly where it should be.
Assuming that this is the problem, it's probably worthwhile replacing all that hardware anyway, in my case the sprockets were so corroded and arthritic they could barely rotate, so adjustment was additionally frustrating. Good luck.
Well, lucky me . . the parking brake was fine. Just a stupid rock stuck between the rotor and the dust shield. No damage to the rotor either. But I did get some practice on how to get these stubborn rotors off w/o damaging them.