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Old Mar 7th, 2014, 04:58 PM
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Cooper D R56 rear brake sensor ?

HI today I changed the rear discs and pads on our mini had to chisel out the disc retaining bolts on both sides nearside was a right pain anway to cut a long story short I fitted a new wear sensor to offside rear caliper on the right pad (looking from the rear of car ) as this is where the old broken sensor was but new one seems very loose, wobbly and unsecure it wouldn't suprise me if it falls out of caliper while driving ! I cant find any close up pics of sensor fitting anywhere it would be a shame after all my efforts if it comes out ! is this usual or have I gone wrong somewhere thanx
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Unless you are very careful/lucky, the wear sensors are single-use only. There is a U-shaped spring clip that fits around the sensor head and holds it in the pad cutout. If that spring clip pinged off into the undergrowth when taking the old pads out, like mine did, then a new wear sensor is the only option.

If your sensor is loose then I suggest that means the spring clip is missing - that was how mine felt before I replaced it. This has nothing to do with contacting the wear sensor - mine was thousands of miles from making contact (I was upgrading the discs to S ones).
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there was no u shaped spring clip on the old sensor and no u shaped spring clip in the bag which contained the new sensor does anyone have a pic or part number of said clip ? thanx
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The spring clip is wrapped around inside the groove in the sensor. Luckily I've just bought one so here it is:



It won't have a part number as it's part of the sensor as far as Mini is concerned.
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great pic that looks the same as the one I installed do you know how it fits into the brake pad without wobbling about ?? Do you know if its supposed to go on the right rear brake pad or right left brake pad ? offside looking from rear of car ???? thanx
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I've not done the rear brakes but I'm fairly sure the sensor clips into the inner brake pad, just like at the front wheel.
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took caliper off again no way will clip fit in the groove on the disc so just bag tied it out of the way
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Just for the record, I checked at the weekend when putting on my summer tyres - the rear sensor does go into the inner (moving) pad, just like the front one.
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