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Old 08-08-2012, 11:13 PM
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Break Light??

My boyfriend drives a 2004 BMW 3X. On his way home from a long road trip a light came on that we cannot figure out. It is a circle with three squares on each side. I think it is the break light. Does anyone know what this light is?
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Old 08-08-2012, 11:24 PM
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Is the yellow light that you see lit that I posted in the picture the one? If it is then, It means that one of your lights on your X3 is out. When mine came on, it ended up being one of my front headlights but it could be a brake light as well. Might want to do a light check and see what is out.
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:44 AM
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+1. Some of the lights are hard to see in the sunlight -- I found checking them in a garage or in the twilight worked best. I had a rear light out that I couldn't find until doing that. Got a bulb at the local autoparts store and changed it out in about 5 minutes. The hardest part was figuring out how to get the interior panels off in the back hatch area. Turned out to be easy, the proceedure was right there in the manual. When all else fails, read the manual!
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:11 AM
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+1. Some of the lights are hard to see in the sunlight -- I found checking them in a garage or in the twilight worked best. I had a rear light out that I couldn't find until doing that. Got a bulb at the local autoparts store and changed it out in about 5 minutes. The hardest part was figuring out how to get the interior panels off in the back hatch area. Turned out to be easy, the proceedure was right there in the manual. When all else fails, read the manual!
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I also suggest changing both brake lights at the same time. My left went out and I changed just it. A week or so later the right went out.
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Old 08-09-2012, 08:32 AM
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... a light came on that we cannot figure out. It is a circle with three squares on each side. I think it is the break light. Does anyone know what this light is?
That sure sounds like a description of the low brake pad warning light to me.

The squares you describe are just dotted lines that represent the pads and the circle is the rotor.

No immediate way of telling if it's front or rear although you can look through the wheels and just see pads and judge how much material is left.

But best to start shopping around for a place to get it done.
With O.E. parts including new rotors an independent shop should do it for around $500 (front or rear). A dealer could match or beat that if they really wanted to.
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Old 08-09-2012, 05:09 PM
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That sure sounds like a description of the low brake pad warning light to me.

The squares you describe are just dotted lines that represent the pads and the circle is the rotor.

No immediate way of telling if it's front or rear although you can look through the wheels and just see pads and judge how much material is left.

But best to start shopping around for a place to get it done.
With O.E. parts including new rotors an independent shop should do it for around $500 (front or rear). A dealer could match or beat that if they really wanted to.
Oh Yeah! thats right. Im not sure why I didn't think of that light. That has to be it. I guess I thought that light had 2 straight lines on the side instead of the rectangles
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:39 PM
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That sure sounds like a description of the low brake pad warning light to me.

The squares you describe are just dotted lines that represent the pads and the circle is the rotor.

No immediate way of telling if it's front or rear although you can look through the wheels and just see pads and judge how much material is left.

But best to start shopping around for a place to get it done.
With O.E. parts including new rotors an independent shop should do it for around $500 (front or rear). A dealer could match or beat that if they really wanted to.
Thank you for your response. We took it to three diferent places, including the dealer, and they all say it need calipers too. If it needs calipers too, wouldn't the break pad light come on a long time ago? It scares me when they say you need calipers, as I have been screwed before by people telling me I need them when I really don't.
How can I tell, on my own, if they are really needed or not?
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Old 08-09-2012, 07:07 PM
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As all three of them said that, and it is unusual, I'm guessing they saw evidence of a seized piston, severe rusting, or leakage.

Strange that no loss of braking performance was noticed.

Sticking slides would be the usual problem, and that can be fixed without replacement.

A failing caliper would not itself trigger the light - not until the pads had worn down.
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