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Old 05-12-2011, 06:52 AM
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06 X5 "check brake linings"


I got an 06 X5 3.0 and got the "check brake linings" light on yesterday. The brake light is also lit on the dashboard. Wondering what the problem might be and approx quote.

The truck has 80 K miles and is in very good condition. Any pointers are appreciated.

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Old 05-13-2011, 06:13 AM
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Your brake pads on one or both axles need to be replaced.
If you DIY, expect about $250ish for quality pads and rotors. Several times that amount at a dealer.

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Old 06-05-2011, 07:37 PM
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Brake pads need to be replaced. If you troubleshoot and brake pads seem to be ok check the sensors. Front or rear sensor may need to be replaced. Front sensor on left tire, rear sensor on right tire.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:28 PM
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I got the same message on my X5 E53 2004. I think I need to replace front brake pads, but I wonder which brake pads to choose (with sensors). Could you help?
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Old 09-13-2014, 02:53 PM
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brake pads and rotors and the sensor for the fronts will run about $800.00, it is not recommended to cut the rotors and they are very soft and cutting them will cause a shimmy when braking. If you go to a shop other then the dealer expect to pay about 500.
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Old 09-15-2014, 02:58 PM
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i just did this exact DIY on my 2004 x5 and believe me I am no mechanic. I just watched the videos from BavAuto.com,

ordered all the parts from them for about $450 and did it myself. with the right tools, anyone can do it, take it from me.
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