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Old 12-29-2007, 01:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Brake Pad Indicators

Hey what's up? I think I'm being scammed by the local mechanics so I figure you guys would be the better people to ask.

Ok, so my brake lining light came on. I figured this should be easy enough for any shop to do, so I had my front and rear pads changed. The mechanic then came out to tell me my brake lining light was still on.

I figured he was trying to screw me out of more money cuz I read online that in order to reset that light, I would simply have to turn my key to the second position and that would do it. Well, the light is still on, and I have read that the "Brake Pad Indicators" may have been worn and need to be replaced.


So all in all, does it sound like I'm on the right path to a solution? If so, is it difficult to replace these indicators? I've seen some online for a couple of bucks. Are these the ones?



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year model? just to further help you in detail?
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Those look similar to the ones I replaced in my car, I actually broke the wires and the brake wear light wouldnt go out. On my car, there's one on the left front and one on the right rear.
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Once the brake pad wear indicator goes of, the sensor will have to be replaced. That is simply how they were designed. If you had noticed the pads were wearing down and had replaced them before the light went off, you would have been fine. Replacing the sensors is easy. Unplug old. Plug new ones in.

Um, now that I think about it, you may have to remove the brakes to wedged the sensor in with the pad.

If you are responsible enough to keep an eye on your brake pad wear and you don't mind having teh light on your dashboard, it may just be better to leave everything as is and just replace the sensors the next time you replace the brake pads.

Otherwise, you will need to remove the brake pads that have the sensor attached to them -- one in the front, one in the back, but I don't know which side it would be for your car.

Best of luck.
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Yes, the sensor will have to be replaced. There is a strip of copper at the end which fits into the brake pad. The copper strip breaks, triggering a warning.
One on front and one on back but not sure which side.
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Any tricks to getting the damn sensor back in the pad? I've broke two of those damn things trying to get them on, I finally decided to just live with the light after spending $60 on two damn sensors!
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