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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 11-02-2004, 08:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay my $#$%# brake lineing light came on today...How many miles on with moderate city driving do you have when that comes on.
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Old 11-02-2004, 09:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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it comes on if u need new brake pads. You need new brake pads! MAke sure u buy the lining sensor when u replace the bad because once the light comes on, it wont go off until u replace the sensors... they arent expensive, and u can get them at bavauto.com. the other possibility is that ur sensor was old and it failed prematurely, in either case it needs to be placed... be sure to knwo that there are two, one for one front wheel and one for one rear wheel
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Old 11-02-2004, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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that really depends on climate and driving habits....maybe 7-10K
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Old 11-02-2004, 02:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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if you even think u hear metal on metal grinding...park your car and CALL A TOW TRUCK!!! its not safe, and damaging ur car is easier.

u can change it all urself!!! check the DIY section...super easy!!!

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Old 11-02-2004, 03:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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changing my front brake pads cost me $21 and 45 mintes of work - sure beats a $130 estimate from Midas.
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Old 11-02-2004, 03:54 PM   #6 (permalink)
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changing my front brake pads cost me $21 and 45 mintes of work - sure beats a $130 estimate from Midas.
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yea man u can change the pads....like they said, about 45minutes of work. Plus you get the satisfaction of changing them.


Make sure when you seal the brake lines when your done that you take the air out!(of teh lines that is.
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yeah dude its super east if you can change rotors you cange abs pads
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I don't have time to mess with cars anymore. Plus I NEVER mess with anything as important as brakes in a car that my family is in on a regular basis.

Thanks for the help guys! I got an inspection coming up in less then a mounth so I just wanted to make sure it would make it till then.
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Wanted to say this post helped alot =) my brake line light started coming on when I drive to fast and or I have heavy load. But for some reason most often its not on... so Im not sure if its immediate.
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I have a problem with the brake lining light. It comes on sometimes and goes off sometimes. I have looked at the front pads and the sensor is not even touching yet and the pads look fine. I'm guessing that when the sensor is worn down and the circuit is broken, it stays on permanantly, so my problem might be electrical. Can anyone confirm this ? A loose connection ?

Also, I don't have a manual, but the light i am talking about is an empty circle with a dashed line on the left and right. This is the lining warning light , isnt it ?

I am a newbie and I looked for the answer on this forum but didn't find it, so apologies if it's an old question...
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