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Old 04-29-2004, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, so my light in the consol that means brake system or whatever the one that goes on when the wear sensor gets tripped is lit. I had all the wheels of today and I noticed I've only got two sensors. One on the front left, one on the rear right.

Yes it sounds like a noob question, but is there only supposed to be 2? I'm used to seeing 4. Thanks for the help.

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Alrite thanks, how much do they cost from the dealer? I'll probably pick some up tomorrow so I can get rid of that stupid light.

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No clue... but when you find out, i need a replacement too
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they are like $9 at bavauto.com

i repleced my brake pads myself, and i didnt have to replace the cable.
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Which light on the dash is it?
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The pad sensors are $28 CDN at the dealer and $14 CDN in after-market auto stores.
My 318i only has 2 and the dashboard light is the red roundish circle with 2-haf circles around it.
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its a red image.. and the image almost looks like a donut but it has ridges... something like that
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Mine's yellow... (98 323is with the spedo pod that goes to 140mph, not 160mph)
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Originally posted by RallyE36@Apr 30 2004, 07:09 AM
The pad sensors are $28 CDN at the dealer and $14 CDN in after-market auto stores.
My 318i only has 2 and the dashboard light is the red roundish circle with 2-haf circles around it.
you are correct sir.

and ususally the sensors are on the front drivers side and rear passenger brakes.
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Can I just disconnect them, should that clear the light for the time being until I can get some on order, that light is bothering me.

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I had the identical problem, except I knew it was coming after having miked the disks and finding they were near minimums. The brake wear light is on for a reason (and not a good one).

This weekend I replaced all four disks, all eight pads, both sensors and the brake fluid. The pads were down to about .15" (4mm), the disks were at minimums and the sensors were touching the disks and were being ground down. I believe you are in the same situation. If you have driven only a few hundred miles since the wear light came on you are safe for a few hundred more, BUT the disks and pads won't last much longer, so get used to the idea that they have to be replaced SOON. The brakes are the most important part on your car. I used OEM-equivalent parts from Bavarian Autosport for about $360 (includes new disk retaining screws and bleed screw caps). Brake fluid DOES go bad, so if you haven't replaced it in a while, do that, too.

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Hey kev,

Whats up.

Remember I changed my brake pads and rotors a couple of weeks ago. Anyways, I installed new sensors even though it turned out, I didn't have a need for them since, I was able to save the old ones. So if you want you can have my old sensors for free, till you get the new brake pads and even may be rotors. Even then you can just use the old ones, since there are no need for new ones unless a person is picky. In my case, I just didn't know better ghead .

The brembo slotted rotors and bosch ceramic pads are turning out to be very goood combo. No brake fad what so ever. And breaking distance has improved too. Don't go with EBC, green stuff, I am warning ya. . There are other good pads, such as PF, or higher performence PAGID's(blue). Hawks are pretty good too.
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its never a bad idea to change the brakes as soon as the light comes on, but u can most likely put atleast 1,000 miles on till it really makes much difference...but if you wait, the sensor will be shot,. but u can pick one up for like $10
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Originally posted by RallyE36@Apr 30 2004, 07:09 AM
The pad sensors are $28 CDN at the dealer and $14 CDN in after-market auto stores.
My 318i only has 2 and the dashboard light is the red roundish circle with 2-haf circles around it.
another noobie Q:

does your break pad sensor light up like the other lights on your console before you start your engine. coz mine does not - makes me wonder if i actually have one or its just busted.

help on this anyone? thanks.
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