BMW E36, E46, E39, Z4 rear handbrake shoe replacement guide, parking brake DIY.
Before you start be sure you have the correct tools and that they are in good working order, and that you are competent to attempt this job - I nor the forum accept any liability for loss, damage or injury to you, your car or other belongings if you use the write-up/pictures outlined below.
First of all lift up the handbrake gaiter and slacken off the 2 x 10mm nuts for the handbrake cables. You do not need to remove them.
Raise the vehicle from the floor and place on axle stands, then remove the rear wheels. (17mm socket)
As you can see these discs are pretty scabby!
Remove the caliper spring, pliers helped me here.
Remove the plastic caps and then remove the 2 Allen headed bolts. (7mm Allen key)
Remove the 2 caliper frame retaining bolts. (16mm)
Remove the disc retaining screw. (An impact driver helps here, 6mm)
Now with a suitable hammer hit the disc on the "bell(centre part)" of the disc to free it from the hub flange and remove the disc. If the discs doesn't want to pull off then you may have to de-adjust the rear handbrake shoes through one of the wheel bolt holes.
Here you can see with the disc off how you de-adjust the shoes.
This is why the handbrake doesn't work well on this car, hence it failed on the MOT.
The shoes won't grip on that rust well!
Remove the 2 shoe retaining pins. 5mm Allen key)
Remove the handbrake shoe adjuster. (I used some pliers)
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