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      09-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
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New brake pads and sensor, plz help..

Please can somebody help me, I've got a 2008 135i and the rear brake wear message has come on the i-drive as well as the warning light on my dash.
Instead of throwing money at the dealer, I'm thinking of changing them myself if I'm correct they are £70 for 4 OEM rear pads.
Just a couple of questions:
1) I've heard that I'm best off replacing the sensor cable, so is it easy to replace the cable?
2) Will I be able to reset the message and warning light via the 'BC service due lights' trick?
And instead of OEM is there a better pad that i can buy and just do a straight swap without changing anything else?
Hope someone can help me.
Cheers Matt
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      09-17-2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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OEM will be too expensive, I would suggest going with an aftermarket brand such as Hawk or Stoptech.
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      09-17-2012, 03:50 PM   #3
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On the official BMW eBay page they're £70 for 4x Rear pads. So that doesn't sound like a lot haha
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1) I've heard that I'm best off replacing the sensor cable, so is it easy to replace the cable?
It is not recommended to change the sensor cable, it's required. The sensor cable is a wear item. As in, it gets worn down and literally breaks to indicate your pads are worn. It's very easy to replace. Just plug in the new cable and stick it into the cut-out in the pad.

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2) Will I be able to reset the message and warning light via the 'BC service due lights' trick?
The warning light should turn off automatically.
And you can reset the brake change due mileage in the board computer.
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      09-17-2012, 04:12 PM   #5
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Thank you very much Should i buy BMW pads or is there a better aftermarket?
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      09-17-2012, 04:18 PM   #6
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Thank you very much Should i buy BMW pads or is there a better aftermarket?
Better is relative

There are many after-market pads that are cheaper, produce less dust and/or have better overall stopping power than OEM pads. Many after-market pads are also more consistent than OEM pads when they heat up.

OEM pads have two distinct advantages. One is guaranteed fit. Some after-market pads do not fit 100% and might clunk or squeak a little as a result. But more importantly I've yet to see an after-market pad with the same initial bite of the BMW pads.

I've been running after-market pads with really good results and am currently running after-market pads as well. While they are "better" than BMW pads 90% of the time, I still do miss the initial bite of the OEM pads.

So, your choice really
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      09-17-2012, 04:31 PM   #7
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ahh ill stick to OEM thank you very much for your help
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