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Old 07-21-2010, 10:23 AM
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Brake service indicator light reset

I changed rear brakes about a month ago and today, rear brake service indicator came on.
The shop where i had it replaced wants me to leave the car and charge $80 an hour to "inspect"....obvious bs that had to be done at the time of the change.

Can you guys help me find out how to reset service lights.

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Old 07-21-2010, 10:28 AM
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just found this on E60 forum, should work with any idrive


Firstly with the ignition switched on, set the odometer trip meter back to zero by pushing it once. Then switch the ignition back off again. (I found this step was critical, otherwise I couldn't get to the "Service" menu).

Now you are ready to go through the reset steps as follows:

1. Switch the ignition on (so that the battery, Oil and Parking brake lights are displayed) and the key is ready to start the engine - but don't actually start the car.

2. Press the odometer reset button for between 5 and 10 seconds until a yellow triangle with an exclamation mark in the centre appears in the top window between the clocks (where the outside temperature / time or date normally appears) - this is the "Service" icon.

3. Release the odometer button briefly and press again straight away which brings up a picture of the Brake Fluid symbol (same as the one that the i-drive shows when you look at the Service menu).

4. If you want to reset the Brake Fluid interval for another 2 years then keep holding the odometer button until the word "RESET?" appears at the bottom of the lower window.

5. Release the button briefly and push it in again and hold for about 5 - 10 seconds until the new date appears in the bottom window. You can then switch the ignition off and the new Brake Fluid date will appear in the service menu on the i-drive screen next time you switch on.

6. If you want to reset the Oil, Microfilter or Brake Pad indicators then you will need to follow the same sequence as steps 1 and 2 above, but when you get to step 3 and the brake Fluid icon appears, just release the button and press again and the next service item will appear.

7. You can continue releasing and pressing the button until the required service item icon appears for the one you want to reset. As soon as it does then hold in the button in until the word "RESET?" appears again as in step 4 above. Once the word "RESET?" has appeared, you need to release the button briefly and hold it in again for about 5 - 10 seconds until it is replaced by the new service interval figure (as per step 5 above).

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Before actually resetting anything, go through steps 1, 2 and 6 above until you are familiar (and sure) what you want to reset. Practice this a few times and note down in what order the icons appear after the initial "Service" icon appears.

If you do happen to hold the button down too long against an item you don't want to reset and the "RESET?" appears, just leave the button alone for 10 seconds or so and it will not let you reset the item. (Alternatively just switch the ignition off and start again).

Sometimes if you have not released and pressed the button again quickly enough, when you hold it down again the German technical writing will appear after about 15 - 20 seconds instead of the Service item icon you were expecting. (If this happens just switch off the ignition and start again).

Once you are sure what item you want to reset and are confident of the sequence, then give it a go. If you do hesitate between releasing and pressing the button at any time, you will have to go back to the beginning and start again as "he who hesitates is lost".
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When replacing the pads AFTER the break warning came on on the dash, you also must replace the wear sensors - there is one for each wheel. The sensor is basically a closed-loop circuit, it breaks when the pad wears off and must be replaced.
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sensor was replaced as well, or this has to do with faulty sensor?
the service indicator is showing 1100 miles
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above did not work for me
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you also must replace the wear sensors - there is one for each wheel.
I though there were only two brake wear sensors, one on one of the front wheels and another on one of the rear wheels.
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just got it done, the correction to the above is that once the key is inserted you have to push Start button and then follow the rest of the procedure
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I though there were only two brake wear sensors, one on one of the front wheels and another on one of the rear wheels.
there is one per wheel
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just got it done, the correction to the above is that once the key is inserted you have to push Start button and then follow the rest of the procedure
This correction may be inaccurate for some folks and is superfluous at best. If you have Comfort Access then you can switch on the ignition without inserting the key into the dash. The prose “the key is ready to start the engine” can apply to either inserting it into the dash or simply having it in the car. If one wanted to get very verbose then you would have to be explicit about both methods of switching on the ignition. Which in the case of Comfort Access, you would substitute key insertion with a Start button press, for a total of two Start button presses to switch on the ignition (1st for Accessory, 2nd for Ignition). Likewise, where it says “don’t actually start the car” it could explain that at no time should you press the brake pedal while pressing the start button. It’s much cleaner to just say switch the ignition on and don’t start the car. It should not be unreasonable to expect a driver to know how to do this with their vehicle as equipped. One could always read the basic vehicle operations section of the owner’s manual if they were unfamiliar with these common functions.
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You are correcting a post that is almost two years old. Given that the poster doesn't know that there isn't one wear sensor per wheel, I wouldn't worry about correcting the procedure to turn the brake pad warning light off.
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