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Brake lining message on dash

Discussion in 'E39 (1997-2003)' started by myronm, Dec 10, 2010.

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    myronm

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    I gave my son a 2003 525i a while ago. While he is enthusiastic about BMW's, he is still learning the art of maintenance. He called me a few days ago about a red "BRAKE" light on the lower right side of his dash. When he brought it in to my dealership (non-BMW but German), I noticed a "check brake lining" message on the dash display.

    I had a tech swap the rear pads and sensor and do a proper bleed/flush of the brake system. The front brakes were serviced earlier this year. The car stops very well now.

    My questions - Do I need to go buy a reset tool to turn off the lights/message? Any other reliable methods? Should the light/message reset itself?

    I have an old Peake reset tool for my E28/E30/E34 vehicles but not any E39 specific tools.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Myron M.
    Ft Worth, TX
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    Zeichen311

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    Turn on the ignition but do not start the car, and leave it on for approximately two minutes. That should reset the light.

    I'm not 100% sure this works on an E39 but it is the correct procedure for an E46 of the same vintage--they may be similar and it costs nothing to try.
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    mooseheadm5

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    That is the correct procedure.
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    myronm

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    Simple process... and it worked.

    Thanks!

    Myron M.
    Fort Worth, TX

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