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Old 11-20-2022, 10:55 PM
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Brake Pad Wear Sensor

Quick question-does the brake pad wear sensor need to be attached to the brake pad to be part of the circuit?? I am getting a sporadic light/warning message and have already replaced one of them. They seem loose in the brake pad and trying to determine how they operate. Thanks for any input.
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Old 11-21-2022, 02:01 AM
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Does not need to be connected to anything. It is just a conducting wire. You can even bypass the sensor by putting a paperclip into the socket it plugs into.

There is a secret though - to reset the system after replacing the sensor (or bypassing it as mentioned), you need to turn the key to ON and let it sit there for about a minute until the red brake light goes out.
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