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Old 07-26-2013, 04:33 PM
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Brake Sensor Reset

Had my pads and sensors replaced by my garage today but the red dash light is still on. How do I reset it?
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Old 07-26-2013, 06:56 PM
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Did they replace the sensor? The can't be reused.
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:14 PM
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I got this from: http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index...W_E46#Brakes_2 I have never tried this myself....

"If you replace the front or rear sensor as part of servicing your brakes, the WORN BRAKE PADS light will not reset by itself. To reset the light, just turn the key ON for 30 seconds. The light will go out - you're done, you can now start the car or just shut it off ."
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Old 07-26-2013, 07:56 PM
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I got this from: http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index...W_E46#Brakes_2 I have never tried this myself....

"If you replace the front or rear sensor as part of servicing your brakes, the WORN BRAKE PADS light will not reset by itself. To reset the light, just turn the key ON for 30 seconds. The light will go out - you're done, you can now start the car or just shut it off ."
Procedure for the e90 is a little different. It involves inserting the key, holding the odometer reset button, then using the BC menu to reset the service light for the brake pads. Search around for more details.


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Old 07-28-2013, 01:39 AM
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AFAIK you have to clear the fault and reset the usage parameter as well - can all be done with the tools in a repair shop and doesn't take 5 minutes.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:03 AM
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Thanks...will give all a try.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:04 AM
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Did they replace the sensor? The can't be reused.
Both front and rear sensors were replaced. Local shop, not dealer. Don't think they knew how to reset.
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Old 08-02-2013, 11:13 AM
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of course you need a special BMW software or a powerful general one - but the reset is definitely BMW specific
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Old 08-03-2013, 12:10 PM
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of course you need a special BMW software or a powerful general one - but the reset is definitely BMW specific
The service indicators can all be reset in the cluster. No need for any special tools
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:12 PM
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Tried all the recommendations, and still can't seem to reset it.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:36 AM
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Was the sensor aftermarket? Some aftermarket sensors are poor quality and they don't work correctly.
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Tried all the recommendations, and still can't seem to reset it.

Whaaa?

They tried THIS?
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Old 08-05-2013, 04:18 AM
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Was the sensor aftermarket? Some aftermarket sensors are poor quality and they don't work correctly.

Whaaa?

They tried THIS?
Sensors were brand new from BMW. Tried that link already. No Go.
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Old 08-05-2013, 06:19 AM
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I had my rear brakes done last week. 25 miles after leaving the shop, the car on lift / brake symbol came back on.

Took it back and they replaced the brand new pad sensor with another brand new pad sensor, which seems to have taken care of it (knocking wood and insisting I'm not spitting in the face of God).
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