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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 2012, 10:08 pm Thread Starter
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Red light on the dash...looks like brakes

Got a nice pretty red circular light with couple extra icons around it which look like the universal sign for Brakes on the way home tonight.

I have 24K on the bike...should it need brakes already?

How do I tell if it's the front or rear pads? I do have a 911...

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Plug in the GS-911 and it will tell you if it's the front or the rear. I think that it's under "Special Option" or some such. I recall that it's on the left at the bottom of the menu in Windows. What is actually producing the fault is another question.

If you have a continuity tester, you can disconnect the sensor wires and check them for continuity (one front and one rear).

You can also check the pads by removing them and examining them directly. If they are within specification, it's likely a broken wire. On my bike it was the front sensor wire. As the pads were fine I made a jumper wire to complete the circuit and used the GS-911 to reset the fault, but now I will have to be sure to examine the pads directly on a regular basis. Always a good idea anyway as from what I've read, the method BMW applied is rather unreliable.

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Got a nice pretty red circular light with couple extra icons around it which look like the universal sign for Brakes on the way home tonight.

I have 24K on the bike...should it need brakes already?

How do I tell if it's the front or rear pads? I do have a 911...

Thanks
Mark

Mine needed front pads at 12K!!

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old Jul 7th, 2012, 6:37 am
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May not be pads. Some GT's (like mine) have an issue with zip ties that were overtightened on the brake pad wear indicator wires. Breaks in these wires cause the light to illuminate. It has been documented here on this site, maybe someone can point you to it. You can visually inspect the brake pads for wear in one minute to determine if you really need pads.

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Here's my experience....

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Yeah. Check the wires. Could be shorted out or tied too hard and it broke. Very common.

And pad wear totally depends on your riding style. At 60,000 I still had half or so left front and rear cause 99% of what I do is highway. Guys in the city stop and go might get 10 or 15k.

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Thanks for the information....

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The wire "to tight issue" was a recall item on my bike according to receipts I have from the PO.

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The wire "to tight issue" was a recall item on my bike according to receipts I have from the PO.
Did it actually say recall? Or maybe technical service bulletin or similar. Curious because my out of warranty 08 GT is having the brake pad wear light intermittently and I would love or BMW to fix it so I don't have to do the cut the wire and reconnect fix......

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