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Old 09-05-2008, 08:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what is warning indicator symbol? '98 328is

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I've got a warning symbol on my dash lighting up - red light, circle with 2 sets of 3 dashed lines on either side. It's in the brake area to the left of the parking brake light. My car manual has a matching symbol - only it's yellow - and says it's a brake pads indicator. I assume it is for the brake pads, but since its red, not yellow, I wanted to make sure it's not something else.

By the way, if it is for thin brake pads, does it know front or back or just front only?

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The car knows front and rear. The sensors are not on all 4 calipers though, unless both e36 brake setups I have had were messed up..
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can anyone please verify what is the symbol I described???
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can anyone please verify what is the symbol I described???
Yes, this would be the brake lining wear indicator light......
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so did they change the color of the light?

how do you know if its front or back pads?

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so did they change the color of the light?

how do you know if its front or back pads?

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No, the light is red.......you will need to check both front & rear brakes, if the brakes are low you will need to replace the pads & the wear indicator.
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This post is to confirm that the light is red, that it is the pad wear indicator, that there is only one sensor in the front and one in the back, and that the sensor will need to be replaced when the brakes are replaced.

You will just have to get down there and look at your brakes to determine if the light tripped due t the front pads or rears.
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