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Old 07-21-2007, 11:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Car is finally lowered and looks awsome now I got a brake problem with a light on !

So the Car is finally lowered ! H&R Springs and Bilstein shocks and dam does it look good !!!!
On the way to get the spring compressor at the autopart store I noticed a light came on the dash I checked in the owners manual and it was the
light that said I need to check my brake pads. ( Its a little Red Circle with 3 little dots on each side going up and down like a parentheses around the Red circle )
Anyways I figured since im going to the auto part store and im tearing down the car to do the suspension I might as well redo the brakes at all 4 corners Since thats what the light indicated that it needs attention to the brakes.
Doing the suspension was Easy !!! Thanks for all the helpful hints yall gave. The Front brakes were a breeze and needed changed badly , The rear were a pain in the A$$
I put one pad in and then the other and the other wouldnt go in. I Took a C clamp and pushed the piston back in so the pad would sink in and still tried to install the other pad but
Dam it wouldnt go in. It seemed these new pads were so freakin thick they wouldnt work. I called the Auto part store and found out they were the right pads....thats when I decided
to take the caliper apart and then install the pads and rebuild the caliper around the new pads well I did and it seemed to work !!!!!! They are tight but BRAND NEW !!!!!! When I went to
test drive it the light went out and all you could hear was a little squeel and of course the smell of brand new pads braking in. I got it out on the highway everything is great but then when it
got dark and I got it up to about 75/80 on the highway and heated the pads up they Sqeel a little bit now and the smell is still there but the light came back on. Also if you slow down you can
hear the pads dragging a little bit. Keep in mind this thing is a 1995 325I Convertible. I expect them to be tight but dam that was a tight fit . No matter how many times I called to see if they were
the right ones the guys at 3 different stores said yeah its the right pads. First off is it normal for these things to smell like this ? Second why wont the light go off ? Are you supposed to put a new
brake sensor wire on the passenger side rear wheel when you replace brakes or is it ok to use the other one ? and dam I understand if its tight its going to sqeel a little because its dragging but sheesh
will they wear down after being used a little ? I hope these are not dumb questions but I have put brakes on my Vette and my Camaro before and this was a job like no other !!!!!! one of course is a newer car and the other is old and yes I have seen
these things before but dam. any help would be great Thanks guys David below are pics of this light !



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Old 07-22-2007, 09:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had this problem for the wire, it wouldnt stay in. Mecanic sort of glued it in
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Well the wire is in correctly however it is still on. When I kill the car it goes out and then comes back on. The new wire it gave me was to short and had a little plug in on it. however the old wire was as long as a shoe string wrapping around the strut pluging into a little box so the new wire wouldnt work so I reused the old one which looked like nothing was wrong with it.
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wow that is a journey to read, so im going to just look at the pictures....
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buy a new "correct" break pad wear sensor and reinstall it "correctly", the light will go away
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What Shahab said. BMW Brake pad sensors work like this. Your pads wear down to the point where the rotor makes contact with the sensor. Thus destroying sensor. You need a new sensor per axle. I believe front right and rear left are brake sensor locations. They run about $12 each
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Thanks guys for the info !!!! Sorry for the long story I just didnt want to leave anything out and not give enough info I will try and shorten them.
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Thanks guys for the info !!!! Sorry for the long story I just didnt want to leave anything out and not give enough info I will try and shorten them.
usually it's a good thing, but in this case just a picture would have sufficed =]
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usually it's a good thing, but in this case just a picture would have sufficed =]

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