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Old 11-17-2008, 04:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Traction Control & Brake Light On

I don't know which came on first or they came on together, but I got both lights staring at me and they stay on. Could they be related?
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Old 11-18-2008, 06:57 AM   #2 (permalink)
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all i know is that when you push the DSC button the Traction control is disabled but the rear brakes are still active , but if you push it for 10 seconds ( i think ) the brake lights up and this means that the traction control and the rear brakes are non-functional ( great for drifting )
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Old 11-18-2008, 10:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yea, but howdoya get it off
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I had this same problem......it turned out to be one of the 4 wheel speed sensors, your anti-lock brakes & DSC are tied into the speed sensors. Unfortunately I had to bring it to the Stealership & was charged $125.00 for a diagnosis......to find out which one I had to replace......

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Thanks Johnny............I'll have it checked out. Do you know if there is an error code related to this failure?
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Thanks Johnny............I'll have it checked out. Do you know if there is an error code related to this failure?
No.....but, sometimes when my car was sitting for a long time after I washed it, those lights would come on & then go off after I drove it while....seems maybe the sensors rust a little...
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invest in a code reader, if your willing to spend $125 at the stealership, buy a obd interface and get inpa off the net, you'll be able to diag everything in your car and program features too,.


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What's a Good (Cheap) Code Reader?

What's a Good (Cheap) Code Reader? Where can I get one?
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they look good but if you want to do more i would get a interface off ebay or one my bmw sites and use a inpa software with your lappy.

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Try bavauto.com for a code reader..i have had it for 6 yrs and it worked great for my 12997 318i and for my new 200 328 ci
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OK.........here's the story
I took my 325I into the dealer since the local garages code readers couldn't read the code. The dealer said I had 3 wheel speed sensors that showed an error...........probably a control unit ($1600 installed), but they cleared the codes and asked me to come back with "fresh" codes. I came back with a new code "steering position sensor". They cleared that code - the lights and brakes work fine now. So far so good.

I found a low tire, but I have no Idea if that caused the codes to trip. Dealer said no, but.........
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OK.........here's the story
I took my 325I into the dealer since the local garages code readers couldn't read the code. The dealer said I had 3 wheel speed sensors that showed an error...........probably a control unit ($1600 installed), but they cleared the codes and asked me to come back with "fresh" codes. I came back with a new code "steering position sensor". They cleared that code - the lights and brakes work fine now. So far so good.

I found a low tire, but I have no Idea if that caused the codes to trip. Dealer said no, but.........
like i said get your own stuff, right now i have ediabas (google ediabas bmw) running on a eeepc laptop (laptop free), software (what do you think). cost $25 for the interface. i can read and program everything the dealer can,. am not saying you should do what i did, but try and have something handy,.

my indy shop could not read my acs either, i also have carsoft and interface am getting rid soon

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can u clear the codes w/ these tools ?
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can u clear the codes w/ these tools ?
you can do whatever the dealer can.

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