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Parking Brake Handle and Boot Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Parking Brake Handle and Boot Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$50

Talent:

***

Tools:

Cutters, plastic prying tool

Applicable Models:

BMW Z4 Convertible (2003-06)
BMW Z4 Coupe (2006)

Parts Required:

handle, handle boot

Hot Tip:

Inspect cable for easy movement

Performance Gain:

Proper parking brake function

Complementary Modification:

Replace parking brake cables

BMW Z4 models are equipped with a mechanical parking brake. This parking brake is used to hold the vehicle stationary when not in use. The parking brake is operated via a handle in the vehicle cabin, actuated cables engage the parking brake shoes. It is a show and drum style brake.

The parking brake handle and boot can dry rot and wear out over time, leaving a less than desirable interior appearance. Replacing the shift boot 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 look of your Z4. Make it even better by replacing the parking brake boot and shift knob boot with an upgraded version while you are at it.

Remember your car may have been serviced before and parts 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 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. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

NOTE: As of 11/28/16 the replacement boot for the parking brake handle is No Longer Available from BMW. There is no replacement part at this time. 

The parking brake handle (red arrow) and boot can dry rot and wear out over time, leaving a less than desirable interior appearance.
Figure 1

The parking brake handle (red arrow) and boot can dry rot and wear out over time, leaving a less than desirable interior appearance. Replacing the shift boot 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 look of your Z4. Make it even better by replacing the parking brake boot and shift knob boot with an upgraded version while you are at it.

Working in the vehicle interior, lever the top of the parking brake lever boot out using a plastic prying tool.
Figure 2

Working in the vehicle interior, lever the top of the parking brake lever boot out using a plastic prying tool. Then pull out the parking brake lever boot (red arrow) to detach it from the center console. Pull it up and over the handle.

Pull the boot (red arrow) over the handle as far as it will go.
Figure 3

Pull the boot (red arrow) over the handle as far as it will go. Then cut the tie strap (blue arrows) securing the boot to the handle.

Once the tie strap is cut, remove it.
Figure 4

Once the tie strap is cut, remove it. Then slide the boot off the parking brake handle. If just replacing the boot, install the new boot, then secure it with a tie strap. Be sure the strap falls into the groove on the parking brake handle when tightening it.

To replace the handle, use a soft-faced hammer and gently tap it off the lever.
Figure 5

To replace the handle, use a soft-faced hammer and gently tap it off the lever.

Once free, slide the handle off the lever to remove.
Figure 6

Once free, slide the handle off the lever to remove. The button remains inside the lever. Slide the new handle onto the lever, then gently tap it on until fully seated. Install the boot, then secure it with a tie strap. Be sure the strap falls into the groove on the parking brake handle when tightening it.

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