Hi all, I recently bought some new brake pads off Ebay. Once received i immediatly trotted off to my local mechanic to have them fitted (didnt fancy paying main dealer prices for a simple job!)
However when i happily returned to collect my car, my mechanic informed me that he had fitted the pads without issue, but the rear pads had no sensor wire attached, (why he fitted them rather than call me, i dont know!!!). I am now left in the position of having brand new fully working pads but with the brake pad warning light left on. Does anyone know how i can at least for the shot term, turn the warning light off. Cant afford to buy and fit another set straight away! Cheers.
"The Saint Man" & future readers, In the old days the warning sensors were part of the pads hence two different type of pads for the same car (with sensors & without sensors), people used to opt for the without option as they were cheaper £££££
, once you fitted the ones without sensors and either unplugged the old sensors or cut them off the light used to be OK on some cars (no prob's until next time the pads are low you aren't warned
Now the pads are all the same on most cars and they have replaceable sensors and as "DaFlake" pointed out if these have been activated and the warning light has come on they need replacing (sensors & pads), if you spot that the pads are low and change them before the light is activated you shouldn't need to replace the sensors.
If you go to an old-school mechanic (for want of a better word), he would have fitted the new pads without the sensor and either cut the sensor off or unplugged it and then connector and discarded it with the old pads, so your warning light wont go off no matter what you do until you get it checked & sorted out, you need to see if the sensor is actually there & either see if the garage still has the old pads (if it hasn't been cut & provided the light wasn't activated in the 1st place), or replace it with a new one, you may then have a chance of the light going out.
just fitted brake pads and want to know how to take the brake warning light out
Once the sensor is triggered it cannot be reused and the light cannot be extinguished without replacing the sensor. You can buy these from MINI Mania. Also I am pretty sure that it is the same setup as the 1st Gen and one the sensor is replaced the light will go out.
"john chapman" & future readers, the same comment as above as for the "The Saint Man" & future readers, plus there is only you that will know how you have gone about changing them, what you have done, what you have replaced, providing everything is OK (replaced) , I would have thought the light would reset it's self (I may be wrong
I have more experience with the 1st Gen MINI, but I can't see MINI / BMW going back a step making the warning light needing diagnostics to turn off especially on brake pad warning lights / sensors etc... etc... (again I could be wrong
Also as "DaFlake" says, once the lights have been activated they sometimes also need a little drive for them to go out (so the MINI can perform a check of it's own), In my experience this is normally after an ABS sensor change / fault
(I may be wrong
They (BMW / MINI) may have just changed the system to a sequence to turn the light off eg. press a button in a certain sequence to reset them, but these normally take a few years to come to light (kept secret)
The users in question must have had the light's turned off by now, please enlighten us, so that we all know how it has to be done or how you got it done (light turned off).