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post #1 of 46 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 2006, 9:45 pm Thread Starter
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Brake Pads at 5000 Miles?

I ran Deal's Gap hard today (for me anyway) and when I got to the resort I noticed the red idiot light was on. It didn't go off after the bike sat. I checked the manual and it says an electrical detector has determined that the brake pads need to be replaced. Now I use engine braking for most cornering deceleration, but obviously I use the front brake. But I do not think it is possible to wear out the pads in 5,000 miles. I put 40,000 miles on my RT and never had the pads replaced. Have any of you had early wear indication? Is this another electrical gremlin to go along with my non-functioning fuel gauge?
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post #2 of 46 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 2006, 10:12 pm
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I'm thinking the sensors at the rotors may be set wrong. BMW doesn't show a wiring diagram in their repair DVD, but I believe it senses by touching the rotor and that sends the fault code.

So how much wear is left on your current pads? I think you can still see that. I used a 1/16" drill, maybe smaller, as a thickness gage on my old RT. Those pads made it to nearly 80,000 miles and I find your 5000 miles a bit underwhelming.
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post #3 of 46 (permalink) Old Oct 13th, 2006, 10:27 pm
 
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i agree that there must be some kind of error
there is no way your brake pads would need replacing after 5K miles
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post #4 of 46 (permalink) Old Oct 14th, 2006, 1:24 pm
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I have close to 6 grand on my pads. I also just got back a couple of weeks ago from the same place and they still look like I will be able to put another 6 grand on them.

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brake pads - embedded wire

the brake pads have a wire embedded into them so when they wear down so far the wire contacts the rotor and completes the circuit.

Possible error: pad manufactured wrong .

Something shorting out the circuit and giving a false reading.


Take a piece of heavy paper and put it inbetween the brake pad and the rotor and if the light doesn't go out...then I would think something wrong with circuit.

If it goes out, buy a set of pads, and put them on or take the calaper off and clean it up real good and put it back on and see what happens.

Seems way too soon to get the warning.

Obviously comparing a new pad and the existing one would give you some idea of % of wear.

Good luck in finding the solution.
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Thanks for the responses. I looked at the wear indicators the next day and they show an estimated 90% life yet. I was thinking the light came on because the brakes got so hot. I'll ask my dealer at the 6600 mile check up. By the way, what are you guys paying for that service?
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Will be setting up a 6K service in the next couple of weeks and will let you know.

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post #8 of 46 (permalink) Old Oct 25th, 2006, 2:57 am
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FYI my 2000 K12-LT wore out a set of rear pads and the rotor too! in about 5K miles due to air left in the line by the dealer - resulting in the bike applying brakes. One symptom I had noticed is pad dust around the wheel. So another cause can be air in the lines.
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I'll have to check with my dealer tomorrow. My warning light came on today with only 4350 km (2700 mls) on the odo :wtf

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Waranty work

I picked my bike up last night. They were going to disable the sensor and reset the light until a fellow member here suggested not to accept that. I called the dealer and told him I thought the pads and sensor were defective. He replaced the right hand pads, the ones with the sensor, and the sensors under warranty. My light went on at 5000 miles and it had 6800 miles on it when I finally brought it in. I was pleasantly surprised.
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