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flyinj3x 11-30-2010 09:38 PM

Brake Pad Light not resetting..
hello fellow Fans. changed all four rotors, all new pads, and replaced both sensor wires this morning, along with fresh Ate Blue fluid.

everything went as well as expected and i completed the job in under four hours. i set the key to position 2 and began to pick up my tools and gather up all the old parts. once i was ready to start the car i saw the pad light was still on. i rechecked all my connections inside the boxes and they are solid. i unplugged them two or three times just in case. i put no stress or strain on either sensor when i installed them. i tried resetting the light again, and again it failed.

i thought i had done the reset incorrectly, so i came here to double check. the Bentley method i used is verified here, and many other places. there are also other BMW tricks to resetting lights. so i tried several; i tried position 1 for a few minutes, i tried disconnecting the battery for an hour, i tried the 'resume' button on the steering wheel, i tried holding the brake before turning the key, nothing worked to reset the light.

so either i have a bad spankin new sensor, or i can't turn a key to position 2 correctly. my question is, am i missing or forgetting something? getting to the connections is easy enough. i re-plugged them not twenty minutes ago, with another attempt to reset both before and after another check of the wires.

thanks for any help, or just pointing out the obvious.

trippmann 11-30-2010 10:48 PM

just twist the wires together. sensors are for def people.

paraklas 12-01-2010 01:32 AM

Long shot, but have you tried reseting the Instrument cluster?

monkeyjuice5150 12-01-2010 02:38 AM

I thought your suppose to turn to position 2, leave it for 10 mins till it dissapear, then you can go back to 1 and start.

flyinj3x 12-01-2010 09:12 AM

paraklas, i did not try resetting the cluster. i assumed the light was still on because of my installation, or because of one or two faulty sensors.

after reading and searching for hours last night, and finding nothing other than "Position 2" to reset the light, i decided to figure out if it was my install or one of the sensors. i took my old sensors and cut them about 2" from the elbow on the connection end. i then stripped the covering back another inch leaving 1" of wires exposed. removing 1/2" of insulation, i twisted the wires together and tucked them back inside the 1" of covering. i then covered the wires with heat-shrink and sealed it. now i have two OEM dongles that still seal the junction box, and have no extra wires to zip-tie under the car.

starting with the rear because it's the harder of the two to access with no jack or lift, i plugged in my new sensor i created. switched the key to position 2 and in about 30 seconds the light went out. i'm very glad it was only a bad sensor and not something i had inadvertently done during install.

thanks for your time guys, i appreciate your replies. i'll be in contact with the distributor later today.

gibby13 01-02-2011 08:13 PM


Originally Posted by paraklas (Post 12522833)
Long shot, but have you tried reseting the Instrument cluster?

got a diy on this?

TrickTizzle 01-02-2011 08:40 PM


Originally Posted by gibby13 (Post 12638940)
got a diy on this?


...Noobs these days. :banghead:

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