August 8th, 2018 by

What Does the BMW Brake Warning Light Mean?

Have you noticed that your BMW brake warning light is now illuminated? If you have an older BMW vehicle, one possible issue is that the brake pad lights will appear on the driving display after getting the brake pads and brake sensors replaced. If you see the BMW brake light in your BMW, it’s usually not cause for worry. The problem is most likely due to an electronic issue, and not a brake pad malfunction, and it can usually be resolved by resetting the brake pad lights. That said, the brake warning light can illuminate for other reasons as well. As a result, we highly recommend making a service appointment with our expert BMW service technicians here at Pacific BMW if you see your BMW brake warning light on.

Here’s How to Reset Your Brake Warning Light

Need to quickly reset the brake pad light in a BMW when you know there’s nothing major going on? Simply:

  1. Insert the key (or key fob) in the ignition.
  2. Move the key to position 2, but don’t start the ignition.
  3. Open the driver’s door and wait for approximately 10 seconds.
  4. After completing the above three steps, the brake pad lights should reset!

The Importance of Brakes for Your BMW & Its Performance

Car brakes are an integral component of your vehicle’s normal operation. Brakes help you safely come to a stop, and having brake pads and rotors with enough “padding” on them to create the friction and resistance needed to safely stop from high speeds can quite literally be the difference between life and death in some situations.

Basically, without brakes, your BMW would be unable to come to a stop, creating serious issues when trying to safely drive. And while brakes degrade relatively slowly over time (they often last between 25,000-75,000 miles depending on the brakes you choose and your driving style), making sure you get them checked every so often is an important part of your BMW maintenance schedule.

Get Brake Service for Your BMW in the Los Angeles Area

What happens if it is more than simply a BMW brake pad warning light? If mechanical issues for your BMW extend beyond easily-resolvable things like resetting the brake pad lights, it’s important that you take the car to get serviced at an authorized BMW service center. If you live in the Los Angeles-area, you can take it to us right here at Pacific BMW in Glendale.

When you get your BMW serviced at Pacific BMW, you can have the utmost confidence that we’ll give it the best possible care. All of our technicians are certified by BMW, we use the latest in state-of-the-art diagnostic and repair equipment, we have a reputation for delivering exceptional customer service, and we even have a fleet of courtesy vehicles.

We can complete all types of vehicle service, including routine maintenance, brake service, muffler/exhaust repairs, electrical service, tire balance and rotation, filter replacement, coolant flushes, and much more. We can even help you learn how to check your car oil levels at home.

Schedule Your Next BMW Service Appointment Now

Also, we have much respect for our customer’s time, so we work very hard to keep your service appointments as brief as possible, while still providing an excellent level of care. Schedule a service appointment at Pacific BMW for your BMW service and repair needs! If you have any questions about the BMW brake pad light or other components of your particular model, do not hesitate to reach out to us.

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