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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 10-05-2007, 10:50 AM
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Disable brake pad sensors?

Anyone know a quick and easy way to disable the brake pad sensor? I am trading my car in today and the brake pad sensor just came on. I just change the brake pads last month, but didn't change the sensors (I know I am cheap!). I just took the brake sensor off and the warning light is still on! Thanks!
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Old 10-05-2007, 10:59 AM
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Cut the wire just above the sensor, strip the insulation back, and jump the two wires together to complete the circuit.

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...then turn the key do the ON position (but don't start the car) for 30 seconds to get the light to shut off.
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:04 AM
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And then be ethical and be sure to tell the new owner about what you did.
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Old 10-05-2007, 11:21 AM
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Absolutely!

Do I keep the wires the together after I strip them, i.e. tie them together?

Right now I have them tied together, did the ON thing for 30-secs, but the light is still on. I did both the front and rear.
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Never mind! It worked! I am a dumb ass!

Thanks for your help!
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So why would the sensor suddenly turn on one month after pads were changed? If they had been worn out before the pad change the light would have been on all the time.
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So why would the sensor suddenly turn on one month after pads were changed? If they had been worn out before the pad change the light would have been on all the time.
It won't.

The sensor wore through on the old set of pads and he never replaced it. Once it wears through, it must be replaced. Fitting new pads wont turn it off.
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