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    I have a 1996 BMW 316i Saloon in which front pads were recently renewed. However the pad wear warning light is still illuminated. I have re-checked pad sensor and this appears OK. Is there an indicator reset procedure similar to the oil service reset (pin 7).
     
     

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    Leave the ignition on for 1 minute, turn off ignition and lock car, make a cup of tea and when you come back out to the car it will have gone out.
     
     

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    This is another issue i recently had on my own car.... I replaced the front discs and pads, the sensor looked fine but I replaced it anyway but still no joy.

    Turns out the rear was worn through, just not changed by the previous owner when they renewed the rear pads.

    The 2 sensors (front and rear) are wired in series, you could always check with a multimeter for power at the front/rear sensors to determine where the problem is...
     
     

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    The 2 sensors (front and rear) are wired in series, you could always check with a multimeter for power at the front/rear sensors to determine where the problem is...
    I would be incline to say check for continuity instead of power
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    Leave the ignition on for 1 minute, turn off ignition and lock car, make a cup of tea and when you come back out to the car it will have gone out.
    Dont think this works.

    I used to get this occasionally.
    The only fix was fitting new wear sensors and disconnecting the battery for a few minutes.

    I didnt have a fault code aplicaiton at the time
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boostist View Post
    Dont think this works.

    I used to get this occasionally.
    The only fix was fitting new wear sensors and disconnecting the battery for a few minutes.

    I didnt have a fault code aplicaiton at the time
    Doesn't work on old sensors if they are indeed broken but works on new sensors after I've changed them at work
     
     

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    Many thanks for all the responses.

    My car only has discs on the front, the rear brakes are drum. The front discs only have a sensor on the passenger side, there is no provision for one on the driver side. I assume they plan for equal wear on both sides. The sensor wire appears OK and looks as though it is designed to warn when a short circuit occurs in the sensor due to it touching the disc.
     
     

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    Sorry to hijack the topic, but did all E36's come with wear sensors?

    I am yet to purchase a Haynes manual, so dont know where all these bits are yet, or if my car has them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steviec_lj View Post
    Sorry to hijack the topic, but did all E36's come with wear sensors?

    I am yet to purchase a Haynes manual, so dont know where all these bits are yet, or if my car has them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by portcul1sbmw View Post
    The sensor wire appears OK and looks as though it is designed to warn when a short circuit occurs in the sensor due to it touching the disc.
    When the pads get really low the disc cuts through the looped wire that is routed through the plastic, this breaks continuity and flags the light, hence if you are a bodge queen you can join the wires up to rid the light
     
     

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