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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 09-02-2011, 08:53 AM
togles togles is offline
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Brake Pad Warning will not reset

Hey guys,

I have read all of the threads about resetting the brake pad replacement warning on multiple web sites and I have tried this process 100 times and I cannot get this thing to reset.

I replaced my rear brake pads. I did not replace the sensor.(Note that there is only one sensor on the rear, on the passenger side) Then, when the reset did not work, I went and bought the sensor and replaced it. Then tried the reset again and it did not work. Then someone told me to check my brake fluid, I did that, topped the master cylinder off and then tried the reset again, still doesnt work.

The process to reset the warning works in the sense that all of the instructions that I follow from the online posts work as expected. The exception is at the very end when you get asked "RESET?" then you are supposed to release the odometer reset and push and hold it again. When I do this, the odometer miles should reset to 15000 but it doesnt, it just resets to all dashes(--------) then I hear the chime for the ignition, and then the brake warning comes again on the screen(where the radio / navigation is), it does this everytime without fail. Other warning indicators that I have followed the same reset procedure on like oil change or micro air filter that I have done have all worked as expected.

Any thoughts on what I could try next? This is very annoying!

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Old 09-07-2011, 04:48 PM
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[B]I have the same problem. I replaced all 4 pads and rotors and the break pad warning light won't go out. I've tried exactly the same steps as togles with exactly the same results. Please, if you know how to get rid of the darn thing, respond.[/B]
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:07 PM
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Hey guys,

I have read all of the threads about resetting the brake pad replacement warning on multiple web sites and I have tried this process 100 times and I cannot get this thing to reset.

I replaced my rear brake pads. I did not replace the sensor.(Note that there is only one sensor on the rear, on the passenger side) Then, when the reset did not work, I went and bought the sensor and replaced it. Then tried the reset again and it did not work. Then someone told me to check my brake fluid, I did that, topped the master cylinder off and then tried the reset again, still doesnt work.

The process to reset the warning works in the sense that all of the instructions that I follow from the online posts work as expected. The exception is at the very end when you get asked "RESET?" then you are supposed to release the odometer reset and push and hold it again. When I do this, the odometer miles should reset to 15000 but it doesnt, it just resets to all dashes(--------) then I hear the chime for the ignition, and then the brake warning comes again on the screen(where the radio / navigation is), it does this everytime without fail. Other warning indicators that I have followed the same reset procedure on like oil change or micro air filter that I have done have all worked as expected.

Any thoughts on what I could try next? This is very annoying!

Thanks,
I am having the same issue. I have checked the sensor and it is not worn at all. It was last replaced when the pads were replaced at the stealership by the previous owner. When I bought the car it said they(brake pads) had 400 miles left but I got the service record and they were just replaced 3k miles ago and like I said it's not worn(or even close to the caliper).

I have the exact issue as togles, in fact when I went to reset it only said -400 now it says -15k.

Someone has got to have had this issue and figured it out, have you had any luck togles?
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Old 09-26-2011, 05:45 PM
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Okay I have fixed my problem

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=133613

I tried the reset process above countless times and it would only reset to -15000(that's a negative 15K). What made the difference for me was on the last step when the car would display ------ just before it normally would display the -15k I cut the car off while holding the reset button down (didn't work without this part). Strange thing was it left the display on after the key was removed, but upon turning the ignition back on everything was normal again and the sensor was reset back to 31K. Hope this can help someone.
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Old 06-21-2017, 07:41 AM
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Okay I have fixed my problem

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=133613

I tried the reset process above countless times and it would only reset to -15000(that's a negative 15K). What made the difference for me was on the last step when the car would display ------ just before it normally would display the -15k I cut the car off while holding the reset button down (didn't work without this part). Strange thing was it left the display on after the key was removed, but upon turning the ignition back on everything was normal again and the sensor was reset back to 31K. Hope this can help someone.
Thanks for your post! It helped me too!

However, I had to do things a bit different on mine:
  1. When I saw "----" displayed, I released the odometer reset button, then pushed and held it again
  2. Then, I pressed the START button to turn off the car.
  3. Then, I had to pull out my key fob.
  4. Like you said, the small display was still on.
  5. I continued holding down the button and <5sec later, it finally reset!

This is the only way it would reset on my car, YMMV. But, also posting here in case it helps someone else!
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