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Replacing Your Parking Handbrake Cover
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Replacing Your Parking Handbrake Cover

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50

Talent:

*

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, diagonal cutters

Applicable Models:

BMW E46 3-Series (1999-06)

Parts Required:

Parking brake boot, zip tie strap

Hot Tip:

This is an easy interior upgrade / improvement

Performance Gain:

Nice parking brake boot.

Complementary Modification:

Replace shift boot

The parking brake boot can dry, rot and wear out over time, leaving a less than desirable interior appearance. Replacing the parking brake cover on your vehicle is quite easy and can be done in a short amount of time. It's also a great way to freshen up the interior look of your E46. Make it even better by replacing the shift boot and shift knob with an upgraded version while you are at it!

In this article, I'll go over the steps involved in replacing your handbrake boot cover in your E46.

Be sure to use plastic prying tools when working on interior trim panels and other components. Alternatively, wrap the tip of the screwdriver or other metal prying tool with masking or electrical tape to avoid marring trim items.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches. 

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If  you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. 

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Using a plastic prying tool, lever up the rear of parking brake boot.
Figure 1

Using a plastic prying tool, lever up the rear of parking brake boot. Then disconnect the boot from the center console and pull it up and over the parking brake lever.

Cut the Zip Tie strap at the base of the parking brake boot (green arrow).
Figure 2

Cut the Zip Tie strap at the base of the parking brake boot (green arrow).

Next, remove the parking brake boot by sliding it up and off the parking brake lever.
Figure 3

Next, remove the parking brake boot by sliding it up and off the parking brake lever.

Install the new parking brake boot by sliding it over the parking brake lever. Then secure it by using a Zip Tie strap. Be sure to tighten the Zip Tie around the same area on the lever it was before. Trim the Zip Tie and clip it into the center console.

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