Replacing the emergency brake handle is a great way to upgrade the interior look of your MINI. You can purchase wood handles and carbon fiber ones depending on the look you want to achieve. The modification to your MINI Cooper is also cost effective because you can replace the emergency brake handle yourself with only a limited number of tools. Decide which emergency brake handle you would like to put on your MINI Cooper and then follow these steps to replace it.
Remove the cap holding the top of the emergency brake handle in place. Squeeze it gently and the clips should release, although you may need to use a screw driver to pry it off a little.
Remove the emergency brake handle itself by raising the clip at the front with a small screwdriver. The emergency brake handle will slide forwards. It doesn’t need to move all the way off but it should be loose.
Use the screwdriver to get down between the oval plastic piece at the bottom of the shift boot and the console. There are three clips to release, one at the front and one on each side. Once you’ve unclipped those the boot should be loose, along with the plastic piece at the bottom.
Turn the boot inside out and cut the zip tie holding it to the emergency brake handle. The emergency brake handle should then be free to slide off the lever. Slide it off and replace it with the new one you have chosen.
With the new emergency brake handle now on the lever you should reattach it to the shift boot. There may be a zip tie for this purpose or there may be a small screw, depending on which emergency brake handle you purchased.
Push the oval boot base down firmly into the console to reattach it and then push the emergency brake handle firmly down onto the lever, which should reattach it. Obviously, if you have already screwed it in place then this step is not needed. You can then reattach the cap by pushing it into place.
Once you have completed all these steps you should have a fancy looking new emergency brake handle spicing up the interior of your MINI Cooper. When performing the steps be careful not to break any of the plastic tabs as some of them can be very fragile. Let us know the tips you have for performing this installation by leaving us a comment below.