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Old 12-02-2002, 01:46 AM
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How to remove & disable the brake pad sensor?

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Since I change my brake pads on a frequent basis, I'd rather just remove the brake pad sensor. Can I just cut the wire off? I just want to make sure that this won't cause the sensor to trip and enable the dashboard light.

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Old 12-02-2002, 07:06 AM
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I think removing the sensor will just trip the pad wear light. Since pad wear sensors tend to melt at the track, I just tie the sensor around the brake line to keep t out of the way.


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Old 12-02-2002, 10:29 AM
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Ditto what teamdfl said. Just wire tie the sensor out of the way off the brake pads.

Do check your pad wear on a monthly basis though, since there won't be a sensor there to tell you the pad's worn.
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Old 12-02-2002, 11:00 AM
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Do check your pad wear on a monthly basis though, since there won't be a sensor there to tell you the pad's worn.
Actually, I find that the sparks shooting out from the backing plate when the bad material is totally gone is a good indicator. I can also tell within one braking zone on track when the backing plate hits the rotor. The steel backing plates does not seem to stop as well as pad.


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Old 12-02-2002, 11:09 AM
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Actually, I find that the sparks shooting out from the backing plate when the bad material is totally gone is a good indicator. I can also tell within one braking zone on track when the backing plate hits the rotor. The steel backing plates does not seem to stop as well as pad.


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Yeah, and the steel grinding steel noise is slightly different than the MAC truck brake squeel you'd get from track or high perf pads.

I usually just throw away the pads when they're within 1/8th of an inch to the metal backing plate, or 1/4th of an inch if a track school is coming up.

Bit wasteful, but certainly I won't be repeating what happened to you or Sergio323Ci.
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Yeah, and the steel grinding steel noise is slightly different than the MAC truck brake squeel you'd get from track or high perf pads.

With a helmet on, I don't know if I could tell the difference between my R4s and the grinding noise from worn pads! If the car doesn't stop, that would be a good indication for me!
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I think removing the sensor will just trip the pad wear light. Since pad wear sensors tend to melt at the track, I just tie the sensor around the brake line to keep t out of the way.


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I tried this but this turn on the check brake pad light on in the dash board.
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